Emptiness is all –
and to get hold of emptiness is to attain all and be all.
But it is very arduous to get hold of emptiness –
because it is emptiness! And it hurts much –
though it is emptiness, it still hurts much!
Because to make way for it the ego has to die.
But I am happy that you are dying
because this is the only way to be beyond death –
I say: the only way.
Remember this always.
Sekkyo once said to one of his monks:
Can you get hold of emptiness?
I will try, said the monk; and he cupped his hands in the air.
That is absurd, said Sekkyo.
You have not got anything in there.
Well, master, said the monk, please show me the right way.
Thereupon Sekkyo seized the monk’s nose and gave it a great yank.
Ouch! yelled the monk. You hurt me!
I cannot help it,
because that is the only way to get hold of emptiness!