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Sunday, September 11, 2005

The Second Paramita - by Robert Aitken, Roshi

Text of a talk by Robert Aitken, the author of Taking the Path of Zen among other good Zen books:

Each centre in our multi-centred universe is dependent in this way. Nothing abides and we find that everything is fundamentally insubstantial -- shunyata, emptiness. It is not a vacuum that we perceive, but the absence of a fixed self in ourselves and in the multitudinous things of the universe. With this perception, or with an understanding that such an experience is possible, we glimpse the Dharma: the peace of the fathomless void and the harmony of the many centres as they flow about and through each other - out there and as this 'me'.


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