Saturday, August 09, 2014


Attributed to Hui Neng, it means - paraphrased of course - "Originally there is not one thing."   無一物 is "not one thing," or "having nothing."

It's good not to have things you might get stuck to.


1 comment:

Thomas Armstrong said...

Hui Neng is wrong, of course. As a matter of cosmology, there was never nothing. [Me, adding the idea of never, further complicates matters. "Never" suggests an element of time; and I have no idea whether time has a role here or endpoints.]

In any case, we land on earth after ejecting from the womb and find ourselves stuck (by gravity) to earth. There are lights that dance to intrigue our eyes. And our fingers are around for us to play with. And our toes! Far-off toys.