Are we aware of how we ceaselessly construct the world and ourselves? It happens so fast, that before we know it, the conceit of “I am” has taken hold of our mind, and from it there proliferates our whole view of the universe—with us at the center. In order to see through the illusion of the self we must get to the source of all of our delusion: the idea that I exist as an independent self. When we do this, we realize that the Buddha's enlightenment is none other than our own.
by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei
Blue Cliff Record, Case 53:
Baizhang's Wild Ducks