Emptiness is at the heart of Zen buddhism
Emperor Wu of Liang asked Bodhidharma,”What is the first principle of the holy teachings?”
Bodhidharma said,”Emptiness, no holiness.”
Bodhidharma answers to the Emperor with the very core of Zen philosophie : Nothing is sacred, nothing is codified, nothing needs to be rejected or controlled. Emptiness is the answer to everything.
Emptiness is when a person's inner narrative and concept of self has ceased entirely, leaving only a conscious, empty presence of stillness, joy, contentment and peace. When you realize true emptiness, you are no longer distracted by any of the spontaneously thoughts, knowing intimately that you are not your thoughts. Emptiness is complete inner silence, a quiet mind, empty of any belief. It is the intuitive realization that you are an independent entity, filled with absolute and infinite potentiality, which is the essential essence of your true Self.
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Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation—the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks. If you had watched your patient carefully you would have seen this undulation in every de-partment of his life—his interest in his work, his affection for his friends, his physical appetites, all go up and down. As long as he lives on earth periods of emotional and bodily richness and liveliness will alternate with periods of numbness and poverty.
The dryness and dullness through which your patient is now going are not, as you fondly suppose, your workmanship; they are merely a natural phenomenon which will do us no good unless you make a good use of it.
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