Hsin Shin Ming: “63. The Truth is neither short nor long, one instant is ten thousand years.”
The truth means Emptiness. ‘One instant is ten thousand years’ means that one instant is not different from ten thousand years in the way that both of them are empty and are illusions. All illusions are essentially the same as Emptiness even though they look different from one another; big and small, or short and long. So, another interpretation says, “One thought is ten thousand years.” instead of “One instant is ten thousand years.” This means that such a long time as ten thousand years is also only an illusion just as an instant is also an illusion. In summary, this scripture means that the truth is beyond time and space because time and space are also illusions.
Student: “How long have you stayed here on this mountain?”
Master: “I am not concerned about the passing of winter or summer.”
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