True Seeing

by Douglas Harding

Seeing into nothingness is the true seeing, the eternal seeing.”
—Shen-hui

This seeing is, quite simply, a matter of turning round the arrow of one’s attention. The Katha Upanishad puts it this way: “God made the senses turn outwards. Man therefore looks outwards, not into himself. But occasionally a daring soul, desiring immortality, has looked back and found himself.”

Contrary, no doubt, to one’s first impression, there’s no seeing, no experience remotely like this seeing . . .

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