Have you examined a vessel? Anyone will do; one you have cherished and know deeply will do very well!
As container, it holds the space of emptiness. Not alone container, not alone space.
I ask only that you look. There are several choices for seeing:
*You may see this inquiry as silliness and return to something more useful.
*You may see this inquiry as interesting, noting that you see vessel as one: disregarding the space within, seeing walls and openings, and calling it beautiful. Since you've chosen to dance here, I ask you: what do these walls contain? What do the openings open into? Examine and explore. What do you discover?
*You may see vessel as two: container and space within. Is the space within different space from the space outside the container's walls? Does the container hold the space? Does the space hold the container? Where does the space end and the container begin? Can you find this place? Are they made of different substance? What is this substance? What do you discover?
It is ever-so-much fun to dance with you!
invites you to find out what you are.
The nun Wu Jincang asked the Sixth Patriach Huineng, "I have studied the Mahaparinirvana sutra for many years, yet there are many areas i do not quite understand. Please enlighten me."
The patriarch responded, "I am illiterate. Please read out the characters to me and perhaps I will be able to explain the meaning."
Said the nun, "You cannot even recognize the characters. How are you able then to understand the meaning?"
"Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?"
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