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What is Emptiness (Wu)?
One of the most important concepts in Taoism is Wu, usually translated as emptiness. But the meaning of this term is "nonbeing", "nonexistence". In the Taoist literature this term refers to many correlated features:
1. The emptiness opposed to the fullness (you);
3. In the realm of humans, the state without desire that helps one to contemplate theTao. Also, on the level of mind, an openness and that helps one unite with everything.
In chapter 11 ofTao-te ching we read the following description of the emptiness:
The thirty spokes unite in the one nave; but it is on the empty
The usage of the wheel depends on the empty space (emptiness) of the axle. The same, the vessel's usage depends on the emptiness from inside and the apartment may be used only through the empty space within. Therefore emptiness gives a thing its usefulness. A strange idea fashioned by the thinking of Lao-tzu.
About emptiness as a personal experience we treat mostly in our
About emptiness as a personal experience we treat mostly in ourLevel 3 of the Taoism initiation course, dedicated to the Taoist meditation, and in the Tao Practice in the Day to Day Life.
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