Emptiness

Emptiness is a beautiful concept which when understood fully can open doors to a whole new way of experiencing, ultimately though it’s just another concept, so don’t get attached.   Emptiness is a concept to lead us to the deep understanding of the interdependency of all things.  It examines everything to reveal essence-less dependency.   With exploration we find a thing is only ever conditional on some other thing or things.

We ourselves are interdependency,  the interplay of blood, bone, water, air, brain, skin, awareness, birth, dying,  is it possible to isolate any one thing and label it “Me”  or am ” I” this interplay of many things.   And if there is nothing which is independent, there is no-thing at all, only the interplay.   Just sitting with ease amidst the interplay,  a truly wondrous thing occurs as subject and object become one, and in a flash the interplay is exposed as the delusion it is, leaving nothing but infinite, unbounded Universe.  The Zen kōan “The True Path” points to this truth, no-thing, no-interplay, just this.

The True Path
Just before Ninakawa passed away the Zen master Ikkyu visited him. “Shall I lead you on?” Ikkyu asked.

Ninakawa replied: “I came here alone and I go alone. What help could you be to me?”

Ikkyu answered: “If you think you really come and go, that is your delusion. Let me show you the path on which there is no coming and no going.”

With his words, Ikkyu had revealed the path so clearly that Ninakawa smilled and passed away.

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