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Hsin Shin Ming: “25. When things are no longer faulty, it is as if there were no things. When no discrimination comes into being, there is nothing to be called mind.”

Hsin Shin Ming: “25. When things are no longer faulty, it is as if there were no things. When no discrimination comes into being, there is nothing to be called mind.”

‘Things are no longer faulty’ means to see everything as empty. ‘When things are no longer faulty’ means ‘when you see things as empty’. To see emptiness as forms, or things, is to divide oneness as emptiness into many, by drawing imaginary lines or making labels, which is to make things appear. Conversely, to see things as emptiness is to make many into oneness as emptiness, by erasing imaginary lines or labels, which is to make things disappear. So, when you see things as empty, it is as if there were nothing. In other words, when you see things as empty, things are not things but emptiness. If things are not things, what is faulty?

‘Mind’ in the end of the scripture means the true-Self. When no discrimination comes into being, there is nothing but emptiness. In the situation in which there is only oneness, non-duality as emptiness, there is nothing to be called mind and no one to name the situation mind. We refer to the emptiness as the true-Self for the sake of convenience.

Student: “How is everything when things are not faulty?”
Master: “You are answering your question.”

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