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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION?
vertical line Posted on Oct.08.2008 @ 03:14PM EDT by raeej91

I replied a minute ago to a topic about an "answer," but I wonder...what is the question?  I'm sure a lot of you came to zen asking a question, me too.  I think a lot of us came looking for an answer, but what is our question?  Hmmm...it seems to me that we should know our question clearly, but for me it's not so clear.

How do I live life?

To me that sounds like a good question.  But it doesn't seem to be quite right.  When I ask it, there's still some doubt, and I wonder if that is truly my question.  There's one big question that I can't pin down.  Maybe it can't be pinned down.  Hmmm, just thinking of it makes me confused.

Maybe there'll always be a question that we can't answer that stays with us.  Maybe it's a part of life, the mystery.

I don't know if it's just me, but I often wonder about what my question is.  I look far and deep sometimes just wondering, but I don't know.  I remember reading someone who said to keep a "don't know" mind.  It's pretty scary and uncomfortable when I come to this "don't know" place. 


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Reply from zen-zen
Oct.08.2008
03:23PM EDT 
vertical line "Is that so?"

that one is a classic! :)
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Reply from raeej91
Oct.08.2008
03:26PM EDT 
vertical line Is that a  book?
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Reply from 9999999
Oct.08.2008
04:36PM EDT 
Email 9999999
vertical line my initial questions were:

what happens when I die?
what is enlightenment?
how can I get it?

further questions were:

what do I want?
why do I want what I want?
what will I do with enlightenment?
what am i?

everything I thought about and everything I did was for myself
~and there isnt one~

the "me" assumption on which all seeking, suffering, and doubt was based upon was undermined

the questions ceased when the assumption that there was a "me" was cleared up

~or~

when i saw for myself and by myself that there isnt a self of any kind---the jig was up

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Reply from J onah
Oct.09.2008
08:14AM EDT 
vertical line Quote: "my initial questions were:

what happens when I die?
what is enlightenment?
how can I get it?

further questions were:

what do I want?
why do I want what I want?
what will I do with enlightenment?
what am i?

everything I thought about and everything I did was for myself
~and there isnt one~

the "me" assumption on which all seeking, suffering, and doubt was based upon was undermined

the questions ceased when the assumption that there was a "me" was cleared up

~or~

when i saw for myself and by myself that there isnt a self of any kind---the jig was up

"
.........

What did it look like . . . . . when you saw for yourself? Firewood? Planking a planker? Sawdust? What did you see?
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Reply from -----0
Oct.09.2008
11:21AM EDT 
vertical line What am I - is a good question to start with.
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Reply from 9999999
Oct.09.2008
03:10PM EDT 
Email 9999999
vertical line saw my dog drinking out of his bowl
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Reply from zen-zen
Oct.10.2008
05:44PM EDT 
vertical line I also like the question "w000t" quite a lot. Very usable!
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