An Empty Gourd

If you put an empty gourd on the water and touch it, it will slip to one side. No matter how you try it, it wont stay in one spot. The mind of someone who has reached the ultimate state does not stay with anything, even for a second. It is like an empty gourd on the water that is pushed around.

Takuan, Japan, 1573-1645

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2 responses to “An Empty Gourd

  1. Mind reflects the cosmos, that it is always in motion. Lack of motion is what is known as “death”.

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