The capacity of Mind is wide and great, it is like emptiness of space. To sit with a mind emptied makes one fall into emptiness of indifference. Space contains the sun, the moon, stars, constellations, great earth, mountains, and rivers. All grasses and plants, good men and bad men, bad things and good things, Heaven and hell-they are all in empty space. The emptiness of [Self-] nature as it is in all people is just like this.
Master Huineng, the much-celebrated sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, was a man full of wisdom. Why? Because he was empty. Empty of what? Empty of himself – there really was no Huineng at all! But, this is ridiculous, you might reasonably conclude. Yet, is it? Take a look now, a little peek if you dare, and see who or what it is reading these words now. What do they appear in – a limited and limiting mind, or the spaciousness nothingness of the Mind that is ‘Buddha Space’?
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