monday morning dharma: nothingness

Whenever I am asked to give a Dharma talk, I have to struggle to work out a Dharma message. I often feel I have nothing to offer. In a sense, that is natural because the Dharma is about naturalness, nothingness and emptiness, which means the Dharma refers to things as they are. You cannot talk about the air while in the air, and you cannot talk about water while in water.

法話の依頼を受けると、私はいつも話の組み立てに苦労します。何も話すことがない、というのが実感です。それも当然で、法というのは、自然(じねん)とか、無とか空とかいわれますように、形がないのです。法とは「そのまま」、「ありのまま」ですから、言いようがありません。空気の中で空気を語ろうとしたり、水の中で水を語ろうとするのと同じです。

Rev. Toshikazu Arai is a professor and Shin Buddhist minister living in Osaka, Japan. His blog, Echo of the Dharma, is a bilingual collection of reflections and Dharma talks, full of bits of wisdom.

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