Hsin Shin Ming: “51. Consider the movement in stillness and the stillness in movement, both movement and stillness disappear.”
Here movement stands for illusions, and stillness means Emptiness. ‘Consider the movement in stillness’ means to realise that illusions are in Emptiness and Emptiness is in illusions. ‘Both movement and stillness disappear’ means that both the illusion of ‘illusion’ and the illusion of ‘Emptiness’ disappear. So, this scripture says that if we realise that illusions are not separate from but are one with Emptiness, both the illusion of ‘Emptiness’ and the illusion of ‘illusion’ will disappear.
To cling to Emptiness and to struggle to avoid illusions is to make yet another error of being deluded by the illusions of ‘Emptiness’ and ‘illusion’. When we realise that illusions and Emptiness are not separate from each other but are one, the one is neither an illusion nor Emptiness. Then, there is neither an illusion nor Emptiness. This means that both movement and stillness disappear. In summary, realising that illusions and Emptiness are one means that they disappear; this is enlightenment.
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