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18204Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Mar 12, 2012
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      The heart Sutra teaches that "form is emptiness,
      and emptiness is form." Many people don't know what
      that means--even some long time students of meditation.
      But there is a very easy way to see this in our every
      day lives. For example, here is a wooden chair. It is
      brown. You sit in the chair, and it holds you up. You
      can place things on it. But then you light the chair
      on fire, then leave. When you come back later, the
      chair is no longer there! This thing that seemed so
      solid and strong and real is now just a pile of cinder
      and ash which the wind blows around. This example shows
      how the chair is empty: It has no independent existence.
      Over a long or short time, the chair will eventually
      change and become something other than it appears.
      So, the brown chair is complete emptiness. But though
      it always has the quality of emptiness, this emptiness
      is form: you can sit in the chair, and it will hold
      you up. "Form is emptiness, and emptiness is form."

      Zen Master Seun Sahn
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