Zen Buddhism

May 24, 2009 at 9:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I posted this picture up earlier, but I will explain it further:
Pinocchio's paradox

Get it? His nose only grows when he lies. So if he’s telling the truth, he’s really lying and his nose will grow. On the other hand, if his nose grows, he speaks the truth and then his nose won’t grow. Either way, the statement turns in on itself. His nose is both growing and not growing. It’s doing both, none, either and or. In a way, it’s like saying “this statement is false”. As soon as you declare it to be true, it immediately turns on itself and becomes false.

Zen buddhism taps and remarks upon a similar principle. It’s a concept that can’t be understood with logic and can’t be encompassed by human thought. It can only be realized.

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