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The Ceasing of Notions – 14 Emptiness and The Way



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The Ceasing of Notions [or the Treatise on the Transcendence of Cognition]

39.  Master Nyuri : ’Delusions about existence arise only because emptiness has not been penetrated completely'.

 Emmon ‘in that case to drop all delusions is to unite with the Way.  Do you mean that all have gone astray?

Master Nyuri : ’By no means.  Delusions are not the Way, but neither is letting go of delusions the Way.
For example one who is drunk is not sober.  And if sober he is not drunk.  Though the state of being drunk and being sober do not exist without each other; yet being drunk is not, at the same time, being sober.'

Emmon ‘where is the drunknness after one has become sober?'

Master Nyuri : ’It is like turning over the palm of one's hand.  After having turned it over, why ask where it is?'

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