Is it significant that Confucius/Kong Fu Zi has the name Emptiness
/Kong, and also that the chinese name Wu (No
) points towards emptiness. I think im right in saying that Kong can mean emptiness, but im not a chinese scholar.
Kong Fu Zi (traditionally September 28, 551 BCE – 479 BCE
Buddha (most early 20th-century historians dated his lifetime as c. 563 BCE to 483 BCE
; more recently, however, at a specialist symposium on this question, the majority of those scholars who presented definite opinions gave dates within 20 years either side of 400 BCE for the Buddha's death)
there is very little time between the lives of Kong Fu Zi and the Buddha. what is the significance that the name 'emptiness' was an ancient chinese family name. infact my ex-wife is a Kong and related to the wise old master himself.
i also find the name Wu (No) very significant, since it points towards emptiness. Wu is a cool hwa dao if anyone wants to practice it.
anyway just a thought, but perhaps it points towards something significant.
best wishes, White Lotus.