Q. What can be said about what is within all the impermanent changing forms?
A. All the impermanent changing forms are to what is within them as all winds are to air. All the impermanent changing forms are from and based on what is within them, just as all winds are from and based on air. The impermanent changing forms are compared to the storehouse of the jewel. What is within them is called Emptiness, Buddha or Oneness in Buddhism and God or Jesus in Christianity, which is compared to the jewel. The purpose of Zen meditation is to realise what the jewel is and to become able to see all the impermanent changing forms and what is within them simultaneously. To become like this is known in Buddhism as attaining enlightenment and in Christianity as attaining eternal life.
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