zenguide.com random_koan - zen buddhism principles, practice, discussion forum, books and directory http://zenguide.com/ random_koan syndicated from zenguide.com en-us Copyright - forever - zenguide.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:38:25 EDT zenguide.com http://zenguide.com/images/zen_guide_dot_com_logo_small.gif http://zenguide.com What Is The World? Posted on Aug.08.2009 @ 10:58PM EDT by chontri<br> What, monks, is the world? The eye and shapes, the ear and sounds,<br> the nose and smells, the tongue and tastes, the body and tactile objects,<br> the mind and mental objects - these form the world as we know it.<br><br> When an eye and a shape are there, then the consciousness of seeing arises.<br> From this consciousness of seeing comes sensation; that which is sensed is<br> thought over; that which is thought over is projected outward as the external world.<br><br> So I declare that in this six-foot-long body with its perceptions and thinking lies the world,<br> the beginning of the world, the ending of the world, and the way to the ending of the world.<br><br> From "Majjhima Nikaya" of the Buddha<br> Edited by Anne Bancroft http://zenguide.com/zenmedia/index.cfm?id=327 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:38:25 EDT