Hsin Shin Ming: “28. One emptiness is two facets and contains all the universe.”
‘One emptiness is two facets’ means that Emptiness is forms, or things, as the Heart Sutra says, and ‘contains all the universe’ means that there is nothing that doesn’t belong to Emptiness. All things are how Emptiness is. All things are to Emptiness as all kinds of wind are to air. No matter how many different types of wind there are, they are one as air. In other words, however many different forms there are, all of them are one as Emptiness. Our problem is that we don’t know the truth that everything is one as the Emptiness just as every wind is one as air.
Student: “What happens to us when we die if we all belong to Emptiness?”
Master: “Though a wind dies, air is still there.”
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