When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. ([fake] Buddha)
Sky over Washington Monument
Bodhipaksa, a Buddhist teacher and author living in New Hampshire, considers that this now widely-known and popular saying “bears no resemblance to anything the Buddha’s recorded as having said.”
Bodhipaksa subsequently remarks that “Gautama doesn’t seem to have been big on laughter!”
To me, this fake Buddha quote certainly sounds like authentic Zen!
Commenting on the quote, Choying Lhundrap writes about the Tibetan teacher Minling Khandro Rinpoche, who, in her 2012 New Year address, combined it with words from Jean Houston:
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back
and laugh at the sky. At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of possibilities.”
Which, for me, gets right to the heart of the matter.
But let’s give the last word to Albert Einstein: “Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.”
George Draffan, responding to Bodhipaksa’s remarks, says it sounds like a stanza from a Tibetan Dzoghcen text that translates as:
Since everything is but an illusion,
Perfect in being what it is,
Having nothing to do with good or bad,
Acceptance or rejection,
One might as well burst out laughing!
(from chapter 1 of The Great Perfection’s Self-Liberation in the Nature of Mind, by Longchenpa, 1308-1364)