Upon meeting a Zen master at a social event, a psychiatrist
decided to ask him a question that had been on his mind.
"Exactly how do you help people?" he inquired.
"I get them where they can't ask any more questions," the
It is not hard to find moments in our lives when we are hunting for
answers. Questions seem to be everywhere, whether it is about our
careers, our past experiences, our future, or even about understanding
our own self. In our pursuit of an answer, though, we often lose
sight of the reason why we asked the question.
Questions are inherently rooted in confusion and conflict; if we were
fully comfortable with everything, we wouldn't have a need to question
anything. However, to get to that point of equanimity, we have to
investigate and ask questions ... not simply for getting answers but
also for understanding why we question. When we do this, we develop a
unique understanding of the question itself. For example, instead of
"How I can make more money?" one would ask "Why do I want to make
money?" Bit by bit, we start to eliminate the confusions and
conflicts that were rooted in the initial question. After many such
iterations, we are no longer concerned with questions and answers. We
just start being, living fully in each moment.