Eureka! All There Is Is Is (I have found it; all there is is is.) EATIII (pronounced as "80") "8" has no beginning, no end; like an endless knot that twists and turns in every direction; like a vertical representation of the symbol of infinity. "0" is a hole with an inside and outside that seem independent, but are actually interdependent as one cannot exist without the other. Together, the hole is a whole. Simply, the universe is eternal, constantly changing and an illusion of separate things that are not separate. EATIII is a paradox. Eureka,* "I have found it;" yet there is nothing to be found as there is no it, as all there is is being and becoming; beyond description, other than it is what it is whatever it is. The search for an otherwise ultimate truth is a fool's errand. As a hand cannot grasp itself, the seeker and that which they are seeking are the same – an interconnected oneness. The path to the realization of EATIII is suggested by a related word: heuristic. Heuristic refers to experience-based techniques for problem-solving, learning, and discovery. It is the antithesis of learning from a guru or texts. This is exemplified by zazen meditation with eyes open looking at nothing.   *The exclamation "Eureka!" is attributed to the Greek mathematician, physicist, and astronomer Archimedes (d. 212 BC). According to legend, he proclaimed "Eureka! Eureka!" after stepping into a bath and realizing that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the submerged part of his body. This simple insight provided the basis for solving the problem of measuring the volume of irregular objects. Excited to share his discovery, Archimedes leaped out of the bathtub and ran naked through the streets, shouting "Eureka! Eureka!" This story illustrates how the power of a small insight can move us to behave outside social norms or, perhaps, an unconventional view of everyday things leads to insights....

"He learns so much. When does he have time to know anything?" -- Kotzker Rebbe...

"Water is the face of fire." -- Kanako Iiyama   On the surface, from moment to moment, all things seem like water, not to noticeably change. Yet, beneath the surface, all things are everchanging, like fire. While water as the surface of fire is unfathomable, the appearance of things is unlike their true nature. We see water and fire as mutually exclusive. Yet, they, like every thing, are one thing: different facets of the everything. Water appears in many shapes and forms and can be variously described. Yet, the essence of water is, as is the essence of every thing, light. What we see everywhere, but rarely notice as what it is, is light. Things are not things, just light reflecting off things. The things we think we surely see are reflections of ourselves. This koan was presented to Kanako as a family motto. It suggests the family interacts with others in a calm, nourishing and practical way (like water), yet at the family's core are powerful emotions, like fire....

Before and after the now, there is no time. The now comes and goes in an instant, yet the now is eternal. Where is time?...

As enlightenment is so simple, so obvious; it's a joke that not everyone gets it. Though, like a joke, it's not funny when it needs to be explained. "When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger." -- Confucius...

Only when you know what you are, you can appreciate who you are....

Are you Earth, fire, air or water?   Earth is physical. Fire is emotional. Air is conceptual. Water is practical....

When you know your self, you know all there is to know.   To know the self you need see the self in its entirety. That requires escaping from the self. Without the self, there is nothing to know....