Thursday, January 06, 2011

Kill Your Zen Persona

A commenter writes:

killing the guru is fine, but if you want to do that, first you have to kill yourself. Thanks for listening.

There is truth in this, yet it's a communication-squasher. You can use dharma words to squelch any communication, and when people feel they can't communicate, you have a space where oppression is very easy. At the very least, it becomes a game where you use "gotcha Zen" to embarrass other people into not communicating.

Before you can kill yourself, you have to kill your clever Zen persona.

In fact, that just might be enough.

[Edited for clarity]


Sabio Lantz said...

Ouch, dangerous words to put on a page -- even if allegorically true. Given the different sorts of searching and struggling types that visit sites like this.

Barry said...

Perhaps we simply need to kill any persona:

- Zen persona
- Father persona
- Woman personal
- "Smart" persona
- Teacher persona
- Artist persona
- Clumsy persona
- Victim persona

...and so on. When we're stripped of our personas, then what remains?

Joe Gin said...

Thank you Algernon for your good teaching. It helped me a lot.