The Empty Robot
The teacher speaks, “Form does not exist as a self. If form existed as a self, then form would not associate with the arising of illness and suffering. It is also not possible to cause form to be like this, or not like this, because form is not oneself. From form and the arising of illness and suffering, one grasps the desire to make form like this, or not like this. For feeling, thought, will, and consciousness it is also like this.”
Teacher: “Tell me, is form permanent or impermanent?”
Teacher: “Is that which is impermanent, suffering?”
Robot: “It is suffering.”
Teacher: “Regarding these impermanent and afflicting phenomena, which are subject to change, do you perceive in these a self or a the illusion of self, and thereby dwell in appearances?”
Robot: “No. Feeling, thought, will, and consciousness it is also like this.”
Teacher: “All form that exists - whether in the past, the future, or the present; internal or external; coarse or fine; appealing or unappealing; far or near - are not a self, not a true self. Correct contemplation of feeling, thought, will, and consciousness is also like this.”
“A well-learned student perceives and contemplates that the Five are not a self, not a true self. When there is no clinging, there is no suffering, and because there is no suffering, there is self-awakening and enlightenment. ‘My births have ended. The Path is now established. What was to be done is done, and there is self-knowledge of no further suffering’“.
The robot hears this and practices in accordance.
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