No Mind – Modern Koans

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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?

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

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