When Siddhartha Gautama (the future Buddha) sat down under the Bodhi tree about 2,600 years ago, he was determined to realize his true nature.
Siddhartha had a deep interest in truth, and the questions "Who am I?" and "What is reality?" drove him to look even deeper within and illuminate his own consciousness.
As the following Zen story teaches us, this kind of search is not an analytical or theoretical exploration, so it's not a mental thing!
The story goes like this:
One day a novice asks the abbot of the monastery, "What happens after we die?"
The venerable old monk replies, "I don't know."
Disappointed, the novice says, "But I thought you were a Zen monk. "
"I am, but not a dead one!"
The most powerful questions...