“The life of a sentient being is a long dream. Existence only appears to be real. When one finally awakens, or attains Buddhahood, existence is seen for what it is a sequence of illusions. Until that time, people will remain obsessed by the body, mind, and external phenomena, not realizing that the you are illusory. You will live in a dream, thinking that it is reality. . . .
“Sentient beings mistakenly view their moment-to-moment illusory existence as a continuous, connected lifetime. Because they are unaware that their life is unreal, they do not attempt to wake up.”
– Ch’an Master Sheng-yen; Complete Enlightenment