Question

Is there a reality that is not emptied out?
Is that what people mean by God? I die and the world dies.
It is reborn (as Am I) in the same moment.
My own teacher (Soto Zen/ White Plum lineage) is traveling
and so I ask you. When she returns, I'll ask her.



Answer from Master Kosen

You are asking me questions that you can very well
answer by yourself. Moreover, they remain somewhat abstract
ones,fuzzily metaphysic ones, and I am sure that there are
concrete questions which move and worry you much more than
these ones.
Zen is not an intellectal game, first of all it goes about
finding a solution to the real problems of your own life.

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