There’s a Chinese saying: “To get enmeshed in a cocoon of one’s own spinning.” The silkworm will experience its process of rebirth in spinning. It is its way to be reborn into a flying moth and be freed from the body of a worm. But it doesn’t recognize that the body with wings just gets out of the cocoon but does not really get out of the spinning of rebirth. Until one day it exhausts itself and falls down or rushes into the fire…
As human beings, we have more advanced techniques to spin our life, but the affliction and suffering are not less than the silkworm. Just like the silkworm, the original motive is that we believe that there’s really a spinner - ego, the spinner likes spinning – cling to the role of ego, and love what he spins – attach to what the ego owns. The ego – the concept of inherent nature, hidden inside mind, body and everything around us, they cooperate together to spin a cocoon, but neither of them are the real creator, even the ego itself. The ego is just the original dream weaver, it itself is ignorance, which is also the stuff used to weave out the dream.
When we wake up from the dream, we recognize that the things in the dream have never really happened. The same is true of enlightening from “no inherent nature”. The silkworm, cocoon and moth are inside the dream. The spinner, spinning and what has been spun are empty – empty of inherent nature!
The world exists, the world is a dream at the same time.