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Zen Thoughts 160 - Zero mind
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When I think of zero,
An image of a soap bubble arises in mind;
When I hear of zero,
Reminds me of a fire circle swung in the air.
 
Zero is not nothing,
But it is not anything either;
Zero is not solid,
And it is not just hollow.
 
The zero mind is not a vacuum,
It is like space which contains everything;
But there’s nothing,
Which is really to be contained.
 
The zero mind is not the same as a white paper,
It has no color;
There’s nowhere to start with,
And never stops at any moment. 
 
The zero mind means uncertainty,
But also full of possibility;
It is ready to accept anything,
In the very next second.
 
It isn’t its work to even think about Oneness,
But Not-Two is what it always remains.
How can we measure how big it is,
If it is beyond in and out.
 
Zero is a window,
To open the view of a relative world;
Zero mind is a bottomless base,
To support the stage of an elusive reality.
 
Zero is not a vacuum,
Mind is not solid.
 

 

 

   
 
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