Lin-Chi: Empty of Characteristics

All things in the phenomenal world are empty of characteristics. When conditions change, they come into existence; when there is no change, they do not exist. The threefold world is nothing but mind; the ten thousand phenomena are nothing but consciousness. These ‘dreams, phantasms, empty flowers – why trouble yourself trying to grasp them?’ – Lin-Chi

(Burton Watson, trans. The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi [Rinzai]. A Translation of the Lin-Chi Lu. Boston and London: Shambala, 1993, 50.)

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