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Q. Now I know that everything is empty, but I can’t see unfavourable things happening to me as empty. What shall I do?

A. To know that everything is empty is one thing and to internalise the knowledge through experience, to attain enlightenment, is another. In other words, this happens since you don’t have the faith that comes from enlightenment, direct experience of Emptiness.


This perception that is very common among Zen practitioners can be a good motive that spurs you to practise harder and upgrade your practice. Seek to realise why you can’t see your unfavourable situations as empty in the same way you see other situations by comparing your ways of seeing the situations. That is very helpful to your practice. So, ancient masters would say, “Unfavourable things you are faced with in your reality are good masters who can check your practice.”

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