I enjoyed the koan. But not sure if the analogy would work with awareness/existence.
However, it made me realize something useful. Advaita Vedanta is like science where the most straightforward explanation (with the fewest assumptions) is accepted logically. (Sort of Occam's razor like). The mind is indispensable to AV and science.
Buddhism (of which I know nothing admittedly) may work more like philosophy (of which I know even less) where the more complex the scenario, the less likely it is to become a mind-based conceptualization.
And both paths appeal to different people. And that is really a good thing .
HI rM, I agree. Call it what you like---(but ultimately it does have to be of the nature of awareness/existence ).rM wrote: .. emptiness ... awareness ... the ground ... brahman ... god ... truth ... self ... the totality ... the mystery ... this ...
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Hope I'm only being mildly annoying and I'll refrain from further disrupting this fine thread.