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Neo’s Choice

I am thankful that the creators of “The Matrix” made so abundantly clear the core issue: Either wake up, or continue the sleep. This is the path of practicing Zen, and it is experienced so powerfully in the experience of silent Zen retreat:


Morpheus explains to Neo that the Matrix is an illusory world created to prevent humans from discovering that they are slaves to an external influence. Holding out a capsule on each of his palms, he describes the choice facing Neo:

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”


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