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Lions Roar : May 2017
reality-reducing notions of what we think or are told being alive is. When life is an open question, life is appreciation. We still have to deal with whatever problems we have on a practi- cal level, but underneath that there’s life as open question, immense in all direc- tions—Wow, we’re alive! We have been given the gift of this magical, this mysteri- ous, this impossible-to-define life! MELVIN MCLEOD: In the Zen tradition, koans are a kind of question. But if you answer yes, the master will give you forty blows, and if you answer no, you’ll also get forty blows. So if it’s not yes or no, what is the nature of the answer? Is the question the answer? NORMAN FISCHER: Koan practice, like any other system, can be reduced to something definable, graspable, and small. But the intention is that every answer is this open- ness, appreciating and settling into the question. Breaking through the need for a definitive answer into openness is the answer to every koan, in one way or another. JUDY LIEF: I would like to examine the idea of questions as catalysts for change. The whole Buddhist path started with a question: Why are people suffering so much and how do people deal with aging or sickness or death? That question led the Bud- dha onto a path. Most of the sutras, the record of the Buddha’s teachings, also begin with a question. Somebody asks the Buddha a question and then he expounds on this or that. So questions catalyze the spiritual search. They catalyze realization. Of course, questions aren’t always easy, and hard questions are very important on the spiritual path. Part of the work is asking yourself questions tough questions: Is this how I want to be living? Am I being real? What’s really behind what I’m doing? What is my intention? How am I treating people? With all the BS in the world, how do I get to something more substance? Questions like these are a powerful catalyzing force on our path. NORMAN FISCHER: You talked about the Buddha’s early ques- tion about suffering when he saw a sick person, a corpse, and an old person. What we often overlook in that story is that the Buddha himself was not suffering. He was actually in great shape. But when he saw another person suffering, it touched him so deeply that it made him question his own otherwise perfectly fine life. He realized that the suffering of others is also one’s own suffering, his own suffering. I bring that up because the suffering of others is what brings up the deepest questions in our practice and in our life: What shall I do? Can I just go along with my life? That’s exactly what the Buddha asked himself: Can I just go along with my wonderful life when I see the suffering of others? Or do I have to change my life and question it to the bottom because I see the suffering of others? That’s something that it’s important to ask ourselves, right now more than ever. We see there’s a lot of suffering in the world; we’re more aware of it than we ever have been. That should raise in us the deepest possible questions that change our lives and make us live differently. That’s what happens to you when you really ques- tion deeply—you have to challenge the way you’re living every day. JUDY LIEF: There are many different kinds of questions— some are fruitful and some are not fruitful. Both are examined in the Buddhist scriptures. Sometimes people have a lot of self-doubt; they’re always LION’S ROAR | MAY 2017 68