Zen Talk: The Fundamental Delusion of Humanity

“The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”
Yasutani Roshi

I feel like I have little or nothing valuable to add to this fantastic quote. It just resonates. Take a minute and read it again:

“The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”

Out there. What is it about those final words?

If you can help us ground this quote in Buddhist or Zen thought, I would be most appreciative.

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4 Responses

  1. I am no expert, just a seeker like most 🙂 I think. the main thing that grounds this in zen/buddhist thought is the seperation of the self from everything else. If I am here and you are there, that statement indicates that we are somehow seperate, which according to buddhist thought we aren’t.

  2. On the contrary, it’s a DELUSION to think we are separate. We are all alike, of the same energy…(The Zen of South Park?) uh…cut from the same paper?

  3. Exactly! That’s what’s so wonderful about the quote – the way in which it expresses this idea of lacking separation.

  4. Zen and Buddhist thought generally believe that all things are connected, and that all things are one, so if that’s the case, then there IS NO out there. It’s all one space. The delusion is that where we are as physical bodies and what is outside of our physical bodies is different.

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