Dharma Words for the Heart

Depend on yourself to open up your own road


Life is much the same as making and projecting a movie. Film moves at about ten images per second. When the movie is completed, it can be projected at the same speed that it was taken, showing the same images again.

However, the movie itself is not reality. It is made of single frames of still images, and between each image is a certain time interval. Thus, the projection of events does not occur in continuous, real time. Life, too, is like this. One thought follows another in succession. If you disconnected successive thoughts, you would not see this thing called life.




Dharma Drum- The life and heart of Ch'an practice, Birth and Death, p.165

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