Know Thyself, Forget Thyself to Become Thyself

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Socrates said, “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” The worlds “Know Thyself” where even carved above the door on the Oracle at Delphi. So it is safe to say that lesson is literally carved in stone. But the Zen masters tell us something different. They say we need to forget ourselves. “To know yourself is to forget yourself,” Dogen Zen-Ji tells us. So which is it, to know yourself or to forget yourself.