a student took the guru’s advice and sought to become his own guru.
but what did it mean to be a guru?
the student tried lying to themselves. they tried charging them exorbitant sums to tell themselves that what they were looking for was inside themselves all along. they tried telling themselves to do basic things that everybody already knew, like breathe or live or, emptiest of all, be.
and still, he could not attain #zenlightenment.
so he just decided to claim he was #zenlightened. and when he did that, the guru told him, “now, you are a true guru.”