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February 25, 2019

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D: You don't need a teacher to depend upon. If fact, those who unlock the secret of Zen might go through a couple of teachers finding them to be somewhat narcissistic always looking for a supply of students. The good student does not neglect paṭisallānaṃ which means seclusion. Bodhidharma meditated in a cave that went 23 feet back. I meditated in an old mine (called an 'adit') that went 43 feet back inside some remote hill between Knights Ferry and Copperopolis in California. Try meditating in seclusion for a few days.

Can someone who does not have a teacher realize the “mysterious secret” on their own? I often wonder if this is possible, given that the Buddha (according to canon) achieved enlightenment on his own.

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