Aah – but if it were not for our individual perception, through the eyes of ‘I’, we would not survive in this world. We drive down the road making decisions and physical adjustments to ensure our own safety and the safety of others.
This ‘allusion’ theory is all hogwash, in my opinion. What is so terribly wrong with realism that we should throw it out with the bathwater? Nothing lacking, nothing superfluous.
We should not get confused between our physical world and how things are in the moment. 'I' most certainly exists (IMO). This does not mean that is not part of a much greater 'I".
It is ironical that of all spiritual practises Zen should be most hijacked by metaphysicists when it probably the least metaphysical of all. :blush:
Just as I'm seeinit at this moment in time
"World Honored One, the mind does not match up with the beginningless abiding state of ignorance. World Honored One, the force of these four abiding states is the basic seed of every ascending affliction, yet that, as well, is unable to be compared, by calculation or by metaphor, to the abiding state of ignorance. World Honored One, such is the force of the abiding state of ignorance, that as for the fourth abiding state of the love of existence this force of the abiding state of ignorance is even greater. To allegorize, it is like surpassing the forms, force, length of life, retinue, and multitude of possessions of the Evil Mara-Papiyan in the Heaven of Paranirmitavaśavarin. Such is the force of the abiding state of ignorance, that as for the fourth abiding state of the love of existence this force conquers it. As the basis of the numerous classes of the ascending afflictions as numerous as the sands of the
Ganges, likewise it decrees that the four kinds of afflictions long abide. That state of the innate intelligence of the Arhats and Independent Buddhas does not eliminate it. Only that state of the innate intelligence of the enlightenment of the Tathagata eliminates it. Thus it is World Honored One the abiding state of ignorance is a very great force."