The Fundamental Polarity (Buddhist perspective)

The fundamental polarity is Me and Not Me. See below:

The polarity arises from the inability (refusal?) to see the intimate connection between the two poles. In fact they are two aspects of a single reality. All other polarities spring from this source.

The Zen Koan system points squarely at the heart of the issue.

  • “Who am I” –Looks directly at  the Me and Not Me polarity.
  • “What is the sound of one hand clapping” — Investigates polarity.
  • “MU” — Looks at the connectedness itself.

The vow of the Bodhisattva springs directly from this connection.

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