It’s all a question of knowing where to look for one, but ask what would you do if you stumbled across it. It’s not a simple decision, nor should it be. The better question still is how you will know when you finally find it, for it is marked only deep within your heart.
The young man asked the old Buddhist monk, “If there are 64,000 gates, how will I know through which I should enter.” The monk paused, considered the question, then smiled broadly. “Why would you want to enter any gate?” the monk said with a wink. The young man replied, “because they are the gates that lead to the dharma, and that will lead to enlightenment, so of course I want to enter the right one!” “That is your mistake,” the monk gently added, for there is no right gate, they are all right gates, but your problem is you want to go in through the gate, but you must go out from where you are, for that is how you enter the dharma.”
There will come a time she says, when all of this will matter greatly, the question is how you will know that moment has arrived. I assume, he said, it will announce itself, or at least make its presence known. No doubt, she replied, you will search for it, but just like me, you will find it gone.
If the time is now how will we know it. And if we miss it how will we know what the consequences are? The better question is whether it matters for if we can be in each moment to the extent possible then nothing is missed and every moment is now and there is never a forgotten memory.
There is much you would ask the Buddha and so little he would tell you. But at the moment that you fall silent, when your last question slips away and you have no request – in that moment the Buddha will speak freely and provide the answer to unthought-of questions.
The question is a simple one, really, but not one you were expecting, which is why you sit and grapple for an answer. Ask yourself, what if no answer is needed, what if there is no answer, can you remain silent, or will you feel somehow incomplete if you do not respond? All answers are correct, but beware, for all answers are incorrect as well. Now consider the question again, carefully, what do you respond when you are asked once again, insistently, “who are you?” Be very careful for if you gaze into a mirror you will see someone else and if you say that person is you, you will most certainly disappear.