Comprehending Blank Essence

Yutang Lin

Carefully observe some area in sight in daily life;
Could there be anything substantial that abides?
Thereby comprehending the meaning of Blank Essence,
All are embraced in the harmony of limitless oneness.


In daily life carefully observe a small area in sight. All kinds of shapes and colors flow through. If that area had had something substantial, how could it allow so many changes without interference? Generalizing this understanding, one would comprehend the significance of "all things are of Blank Essence." While awake one feels the existence of the body, and yet its nature is still of Blank Essence. Therefore, one could let go of all grasping and merge into the visualization of limitless blue space within which there is nothing to grasp. Following the above steps to practice such visualization, one would easily experience a state of being light and easy.

Written in Chinese and translated on November 8, 2000
El Cerrito, California

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