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What is Wu (emptiness)?
One of the most important concepts in Taoism is Wu, usually translated as "emptiness". Though the meaning of this term is "nonbeing", "nonexistence", in the Taoist literature it refers to many correlated features:
Though the meaning of this term is "nonbeing", "nonexistence", in the Taoist literature it refers to many correlated features:
Emptiness in Tao-te ching
InTao-te ching the emptiness is compares with the usage of a wheel, a vessel or an apartment.
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.
Emptiness as personal experience
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, a course dealing with the applying of the Tao teachings in our daily life.
- We published a paper on emptiness in our paperstore here.
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