If everything is void of own-being, how do we know?
As in the process of knowing ourselves and the world.
I guess the question im asking here is: How is the knowing empty?
everything is void of own-being, one must see the void within oneself to know the void outside oneself, so that inside and outside are one... empty. form is emptiness, emptiness is form. you can see this for yourself, it is so simple that people miss it. until you see the void within, it is i would say impossible to see that all forms are empty. so... seeing the emptiness of your own nature leads to seeing the emptiness of all things. it is one taste. one flavour. all is empty... not even emptiness.
the knowing is empty, and the knower is empty. there is no arising of knowledge, nor arising nor ceasing of knower. just emptiness. there is not even emptiness, there is not even no thing... and yet you can see it and taste it.... the void of mind. why call it such a fancy name as the void. just look inside yourself right now and feel this normal 'me'. you will see it. emptiness is not some special feeling. it is this me. just as i feel it right now. and you will see that it is empty.
without tasting, conceptually it is possible to say...
An empty mind is no-mind (wunian/munen).
this is fine, but actually there is no mind at all anywhere, it is only called mind. infact it is also called emptiness, self nature and form, but ultimately it is "________"
there is no mind anywhere and there never has been. nor has there ever been a true nature. taste the emptiness within you. it does not taste like emptiness.
no mind is where mind and body have been seen and are seen to be empty. it is where you see that there is no mind to think. therefore how could there be any conceptualizing. concepts are empty. there are no concepts and there never have been. Hui Neng conceptualized with no mind, because he had no mind at all he could say that he was beyond concepts. having no mind at all is seeing that you have no mind... tasting mind, seeing that it is just this normal emptiness.
all im talking about is emptiness which is not even emptiness, nor is it nothingness. it is not. and yet you can still taste it within yourself. its a normal feeling youve had all your life. you just dont see it because it is so normal.
love, White Lotus. x
simple just ask...
what do i feel like when i am meditating, or sitting at the computer. what is this me? i feel it all the time. or ask... how does the computer feel? try it. then again ask how do i feel? is there a difference?