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By Ruth Ozeki | Jan 07, 2009
Location: Zen Hospice Project
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All the objects of the senses
interact yet do not.
Interacting brings involvement.
Otherwise each keeps its place   


In Buddhism there is always a return to the mechanics of perception, to an analysis of perception, because Buddhism’s thrust is essentially psychological.  Buddhism always starts from “How do we experience the world?”  So it’s psychological rather than theological, which asks “What is God?”  Buddhism is not concerned with what is God, what is the Ultimate, or what is the Absolute.  Buddhism is concerned with how we perceive and experience the world, because it is in the way that we perceive the world that we have a lot of problems, and that’s what Buddhism is addressing – those problems.  Since the concern of Buddhism or Buddha or Buddhadharma is a way of dealing with our human suffering, and that means the root spiritual causes of it, not only the physical causes of it, we start with processing how we experience and think, how we make the world, and how we make the self.