Friday, 16 August 2019


361. 'I do not ask for words. I do not ask for non-words.' What is the non-Buddhist philosopher asking of the Buddha here? 'Words' refer to the things of the phenomenal world, that is, to all that is included in being. 'Non-words' refer to emptiness, to non-being. This philosopher wants to know if there is a way that goes beyond both the way of affirmation and the way of negation. The Buddha's response that consisted in just sitting in silence is a manifestation of that which cannot be captured by either speech or silence. The Buddha embodies and bodies forth the True-Self, the Mystery that is Graciousness. 

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