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No Mind – Modern Koans

By Andrew Furst @a_furst

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He said: What is self?
She said:  Is it an object of mind?

He said: If the self is an object of mind, then what is mind an object of?
She said: It is not the object of anything.

He said: If mind is not the object of anything, does it exist?
She said: Only objects of mind exist.  If something is not an object of mind, how would it be rendered existent?

He said: Then there is no mind?
She said: Mind is certainly not an object of perception.

He said: So why do we talk about mind?
She said: Because there are objects of mind. Without mind, how could there be such a thing?

He said: Is mind self?
She said: Not if self is an object of mind?

He said: Is mind not self?
She said: Without it there could be no self.

He said: Is it both?
She said: How could it not be everything?

Can we talk about self and make sense? What about mind?

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Modern Koans is an ongoing series that recognizes that good questions are often more important than their answers.

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. ― G.K. Chesterton

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