everything and nothing

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.


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