‘From the first Nothing is!’ roared Hui neng.
Now, 1,300 years after Hui-neng, a new and widely-publicized survey solemnly titled: ‘The Most Important Unresolved Question Of All Time’ was carried out among established Intellectuals.
The prize went to Martin Heidegger and his celebrated query [itself, a variation on Aristotle’s ‘ti on’]:
‘Why is there Something and not Nothing?’
Jeez! You know, smart people say the darndest things.
So what does ‘From the first Nothing is!’ mean? It’s not clear and his later Platform Sūtra‘[T’an-cheng] doesn’t help. We’ll get around to unpacking Hui-neng’s claim in a later Post.