|They spat in the 1910s in Chicago courtrooms.|
If I were to call this spittoon a saucepan, what would you say? Suppose that every time I asked for it, I said: "Please bring me that saucepan over there." That would confuse you. Why? Because you don't fully know the spittoon. If you did, there would be no problem. You would simply pick up that object and hand it to me. How could this be?
|Name follows function: emptiness|
If somebody wants to call it a saucepan, it can be a saucepan. It can be whatever one calls it. This is called "concept." If we fully know the spittoon, even if somebody calls it a saucepan, there's no problem.
What is real insight?
|Earliest (human) conception of the Buddha|