The Mystery of Beingness
‘This is how you should contemplate. The world is an idea in the mind to which the word world has been attached. Beyond this idea is the mystery of beingness. But it’s not possible to free people from their attachment to the idea - to that which blinds them to the reality - without appropriate methods. So you should tread the path of perfect giving, of patience, energy, meditation and wisdom. Yet while following these activities, you should remain aware that the world is illusory. It is for the sake of those who do not know that you engage in dynamic and vigorous work and also in meditation and one-pointed attention. Understanding that without wisdom you can do nothing for others, you remain in the perfection of wisdom, which is the awareness that what you are doing is both essential and illusory.’
- Prajnaparamita, in The Buddha Speaks, A book of guidance from the Buddhist scriptures edited by Anne Bancroft.