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Hsin Shin Ming: “48. To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all entanglements.”

Hsin Shin Ming: “48. To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all entanglements.”

‘To understand the mystery of this One-essence’ means to attain enlightenment, or to see things as they are. ‘All entanglements’ means karma, and so, to be released from all entanglements means to escape from the yoke of karma.

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Karma is the cause and effect of everything. Enlightenment is to realise that everything is empty. When everything that is the element of causation is empty, the causation coming from it is also empty, which means that karma is empty. Therefore, to realise that entanglements are empty, by realising that everything that entanglements are composed of is empty, is to be released from all entanglements.

Student: “Why can’t I escape from karma?”
Master: “Because you don’t know what it is.”
Student: “How can I escape from it?”
Master: “By knowing exactly what it is.”

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