September 29, 2010
When the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath the Bodhi Tree, he couldn't put words to the profundity of his experience. He resolved to keep his discovery to himself, assuming no one would understand. This, of course, didn't last long. Inspired by his presence, many came to see him to request teachings. Touched by the pain of the human condition, he taught them with great clarity and tenderness.
However, the Buddha's initial concern raises an important question: how do we describe an experience beyond words? How can we speak about something that cannot be objectified? The moment we try to wrap our conceptual mind around an experience, we lose it. We reduce the limitless quality of being to a thing.
-Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question
[Image: mystical child]