Zen

Q. If form is emptiness, and being is nothingness, then what are we doing here now?

A. Don’t mistake emptiness for nothingness. Emptiness is not different from fullness. I’d like to say that emptiness is undivided fullness. Form is to emptiness as waves are to the sea, or form is to emptiness as winds are to the air. Giving a name and granting meaning to each wave, according to its size and shape, and differentiating them from each other is to see things as form. From the perspective of form, all waves differ from each other, and each wave has its beginning and end. In this way, we sentient beings are addicted to seeing and hearing things.

However, to see all waves just as the sea, or water is to see things as emptiness. Then, all waves are just one as water, which is why emptiness is referred to as oneness. From the viewpoint of emptiness, all waves are just part of the sea and remain endlessly as water, just as they always have been. Although waves seem to appear and disappear, they were there as the sea before their appearance and are still there as water, or the sea after their disappearance.

What we are doing is determined by how we see it.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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