This world consists of causes, conditions and effects.
The existence of a human being as an effect depends on the immediate causes and conditions, such as earth, solar system and moon. And the remote causes and conditions are about the Galaxy and even the whole universe! Our body’s existence not only depends on the water, food and air but also the safety of the social environment. When we visit a house, everything inside the house may tell or imply how it comes to be like now - the gathering of causes and conditions: there must be potential requirement to move in, there should be enough suitable materials to build it up, there have to be designers and workers to work it out, and the clients can accept the price of real estate…we can imagine how the idea of a house comes into a design, until becoming a real building. And how the house grows up – from under construction until a family’s moving in. When we expect an event to happen in a certain direction, we must be aware that there are so many causes and conditions moving, gathering and changing besides your expectation. When we meet a difficulty in life or in our career, we should see through this difficulty to find the causes of the obstacle in our mind and conditions of the barrier from your own behavior and environment.
This world is full of emptiness
This emptiness is not nothing, but the emptiness of inherent nature/self. In other words, the emptiness is the dependent arising. When we try to describe earth, we find it not only consists of earth, but also fire, water and wind. And they are not still, but changing constantly. When you point to your own body, you will find the same, and never own a fixed body! You think of an idea and try to record it onto paper, but when you are writing down what you think you were thinking just now, it is not exactly the same any more, because the mind is always flowing with the changing of the feelings, perceptions, formations and consciousness. When you set up the concept of a bucket, you will relate it to water. But when somebody dresses it with a rubbish bag, we will call it rubbish can. The concept is transforming with the changing of causes and conditions. You may relate it with agnosticism (know-nothing), but on the contrary, you can know everything and you also know there’s nothing fixed.
Balance of cause-effect and emptiness
If you plant the seed of kindness, sooner or later you will gain the fruit of kindness. But if you irrigate it with hatred and selfishness, you may transform it into a poisoned fruit! When you are facing the coming of a difficulty or even a disaster, you should calm down and perceive what is the main cause of it, so that it is possible to delay its happening or transform it into tranquility. When the cause is changed, we may have a new view upon conditions. When the conditions of a disaster are surrounding you, you should know there’s no fixed conditions, they are possible to be transformed! There’s no fixed kindness or evil, there’s no fixed success or difficulty. There are no fixed causes, conditions and effects. We can’t find the existence of an inherent self in any of them at any moment! The emptiness is just the dependent arising of causes, conditions and effects.
So, we’ll say: Take care of cause-effect and stay with emptiness. Don’t neglect either of them!