A zen student asked: “You always talk about nothingness and emptiness. But what about everything?”
The master said: “Nothing is everything.”
The student said: “You need to explain.”
The master said: “Not explaining is explaining.”
At a loss, the student laughed.
The master explained: “To explain zen, no explanation is needed. Explanations would only get in the way. That’s why I said: not explaining is explaining. Nothing is everything means: if you cling to nothing intellectually, suddenly the whole world is there to be seen anew.”
The student said: “Thank you for explaining”.
In this satsang, Adyashanti illustrates how our essential being is simultaneously a profound, silent “nothing” as well as everything within existence.