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Emptiness

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kanji

In emptiness, forms are born. When one becomes empty of the assumptions, inferences, and judgments he has acquired over the years, he comes close to his original nature and is capable of conceiving original ideas and reacting freshly.

The poet Sokan made a long spring day out of a spherical void:

    Emerging from a perfect sphere;
    Yet how long it is:
    A spring day.

Basho praises those who resist the easy inference:

    Those who see the lightning
    And think nothing:
    How precious they are!

Daio made such a complex structure of thoughts-feelings out of his New Year's Day that he couldn't express it in words:

    New Year's Day:
    What I feel goes
    Beyond words.

Emptiness, silence, is not nothingness, but fullness. Your fullness.