Buddhist teachers like to give surprising answers to the question what is Buddha?
Three pounds of flax seed. A shit covered stick.
And sometimes, just twirling a flower.
It may sound clever. Or cute. Or confusing. Or even deep.
But it can be very simple.
Each of these – flax seed, shit, twirling a flower – is awakeness itself.
The question is, what is Buddha? And the answer is literal, pointing directly to the Buddha. To a form that is awakeness itself.
It is the simplest, most direct answer possible.
- what is buddha?
- three pounds of flax
- shit stick
- (a twirled flower)
- literal truth, each of these are awakeness itself
- may sound clever, cute, confusing if don’t recognize in immediate awareness, but very simple and clear if do recognize