Form and emptiness

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

(Genesis 1:1-3)

O Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness,
Emptiness no other than form;
Form is precisely emptiness,
Emptiness precisely form.
Sensation, perception, reaction, and consciousness are also like this.

(The Heart of the Perfection of Great Wisdom Sutra)

Two great religious traditions: which of them has got it right?

I don’t know. But I’m seeing that, at some level, in some sense, they seem to be talking about the same thing.


One thought on “Form and emptiness

  1. Two much-quoted and frequently-parodied Zen kōans might seem to have some relevance here: the first has to do with the sound of a tree falling in the forest … and the second, the sound of one hand clapping.

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