"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe" ~ Neil Gaiman (A Game of You)


I Yam What I Yam

"A monk asked Koyo Seijo, 'Daitsu Chisho Buddha sat in zazen for ten kalpas and could not attain Buddhahood. He did not become a Buddha. How could this be?' Seijo said, 'Your question is quite self-explanatory.' The monk asked, 'He meditates so long, why could he not attain Buddhahood?' Seijo said, 'Because he did not become a Buddha.'"

"Daitsu Chisho Buddha is the Buddha of Great Penetration and Perfect Wisdom. Kalpa is a measure of time, hundreds of thousands of years long. It stretches between the creation and recreation of a universe. Sitting in zazen for ten kalpas is a metaphor to show that in the state of absolute samadhi there is no time. In the state of samdhi there is no enlightenment, no realization, no Buddhahood; there is just this samadhi. Therefore, Daitsu Chisho Buddha did not become a Buddha because he was a Buddha from the beginning." -- From the Little Book of Zen