Excerpt About Mountain Metaphor

The First of Three States: The First Mountain

There is a Zen saying that describes the primary stages of the path: “First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is a mountain” ……… When we inquire into our ordinary experience, we see that it contains things that are of the first mountain. Ordinary experience says that there is a mountain, there is me, there is you, there is the world. And all of this is seen from the ordinary perspective: There is this mountain and that other mountain—all these mountains, just as there are all these people and all these things. Everything is actually seen from an isolated, mental perspective, a perspective that views reality as being composed of many things. And we tend to see this manyness of things in terms of divisions and polarities.

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