a darkness as much of the womb as the grave

hevrin khalaf, unifier, hero


Anything could happen,

and whether we act or not has everything

to do with it. Though there is no lottery ticket for the lazy

and the detached, for the engaged there is a tremendous gamble

for the highest stakes right now. I say this to you not because I haven’t

noticed that this country has strayed close to destroying itself and everything

it once stood for, in pursuit of empire in the world and the eradication of democracy

at home, that our civilization is close to destroying the very nature on which we

depend—the oceans, the atmosphere, the uncounted species of plant and

insect and bird. I say it because I have noticed: wars will break out,

the planet will heat up, species will die out, but how many,

how hot, and what survives depends on whether

we act. The future is dark, with a

darkness as much of

the womb as the

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world and particle are one


al mefer


The ego says

that the world is vast, and

that the particles which form it are tiny.

When tiny particles join, it says, the vast

world appears. When the vast world

disperses, it says, tiny particles



The ego

is entranced by

all these names and ideas,

but the subtle truth is that world and particle

are the same; neither one vast, neither one tiny. Every

thing is equal to every other thing. Names and

concepts only block your perception

of this Great Oneness. Therefore

it is wise to ignore




who live inside

their egos are continually bewildered:

they struggle frantically to know whether things

are large or small, whether or not there is a purpose

to joining or dispersing, whether the universe is blind and

mechanical or the divine creation of a conscious being.

In reality there are no grounds for having beliefs

or making comments about such things. Look

behind them instead, and you will discern

the deep, silent, complete truth

of the Tao. Embrace it, and

your bewilderment



from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 32


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empty, without holiness


Emperor Wu

of Liang asked Bodhidharma,

“I have built temples and had monks

ordained without number: what merit is there

in this?” Bodhidharma said, “There is no merit.”

The emperor said, “Why no merit?” Bodhidharma

said, “These are just the lesser fruits of gods

and men, causes of defilement: like

shadows following shapes,

though they’re there,

they’re not



The Emperor

said, “What is true merit?”

Bodhidharma answered, “The subtle

perfection of pure wisdom, its essence naturally

empty and still. Such merit is not to be sought with worldly

means.” Only then did the Emperor ask, “What is the

highest meaning of the holy truths?” Bodhidharma

answered, “Empty, without holiness.”

The Emperor said, “Who is facing

me?” Bodhidharma replied,

“I don’t know.”


The Emperor

did not understand, so

Bodhidharma crossed the river

into Wei. If you want to see real merit

right now, don’t look for it anywhere else,

just comprehend it in “I don’t know”.

If you can penetrate those three

words, the task of your whole

life’s study will be