Is the glass half empty?

October 22, 2012 § 10 Comments


Master Hakuin meditates on the eternal question, “Is the glass half empty?”


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  • 1EarthUnited says:

    “Is the glass half empty?” This is a relativity koan….

    It’s half full… or half empty (first and second aspect). half full and half empty both (third aspect). half full and half empty both – not (forth aspect). half full plus (half full and half empty both) – fifth aspect.
    half empty plus (half full and half empty both) – sixth aspect. And finally:
    (half empty plus half full) and (plus both/ not) – seventh aspect.

    Explained by using Mahavira’s seven-fold logic, used very effectively to deconstruct all logical constructs using perfect logic.

    Try wrapping that around your noodle. Confused? Once you lose your mind trying… that’s a very good start! Why so serious…. just laugh!
    And the final answer is: …. … .. .


    • Yes. Few but the logician realize that, “not this, not that” is a thesis whose antithesis is “not-not this, not-not that”. Failure to realize this is to create a subtle object of thought that stands as an idol between you and You.


      • 1EarthUnited says:

        The point is, all logic stems from thought constructs, which may or may not be inherent barriers because all is part of reality. Whether it be subtle or gross, object or non-object – does not matter. Ultimate realization is beyond mind. Unless everything has been dropped, including this idea of dropping, shunyata could only be “attained” through the One Mind transmission as conveyed by the Buddha. Of course I realized my relative words can not depict the absolute divine, I’m just a signpost on the road of life. 😉


  • There are two ways to use thought. One builds complicated systems and defines me as a Buddhist, a photographer, philosopher, card player, etc. This type of thinking is more of a barrier than the other type that can be likened to simplicity.

    In simplicity, I identify as ‘not an object of consciousness’ but as ‘the subject to all objects’. Of course, “subject” is also a construct but as it is defined as not an object it is closer to the true meaning of emptiness than any complicated definition of self.

    Through the simple thought that “I am Subject” identification with objects disappears. Then, by dropping “I am Subject” all that is left is Emptiness. This use of thought as opposed to emotion is largely overlooked in the literature but thought can be just as valid a path to liberation as bliss.

    Please enjoy your day!


  • 1EarthUnited says:

    Only keep One Mind, moment to moment. Then thought is thought; emotion is emotion; subject is subject and object is object. To think about everything in life is not living, it’s conceptualizing – perceiving life through the small mind. Once the egoic mind is still, there is no more I, my, me – the absence of which is the Buddha’s One Mind, the original unified field of consciousness. In “emptiness” there is no “closer to the true meaning” or farther for that matter. That state of “shunyata” defies meaning/ definition altogether…. since “it” is the absence of (conceptualized thought). Although I understand where you’re going with this perception premise, Buddha states all thoughts are illusory and therefore are inherent obstacles to the liberation of self. Any more thoughts? 😉


  • I, also, perceive your meaning and take satisfaction in how “thought is thought” compliments my poor understanding of “Just thoughts, not true, not real, but false and empty.” It is reminiscent of the dream that shows the unseen side of the waking minds observations. I will bring your understanding into my meditations. Thank you.

    As to the rest, any formulation of the ineffable is flawed. So much so that to the highly logical mind it would be utter nonsense. So I often write with words that I hope will make clear to the logical mind what Buddhism is pointing at. I believe it’s important to communicate in a manner that will help bring the logical, scientific mind to the spiritual path as the materialistic scientist has already done enough harm to this planet.

    Please continue to enjoy your day.


  • 1EarthUnited says:

    I agree, expressing through the limits of word, thought paradoxes abound, thus leading to “intellectual”confusion. One must understand the relative existence fully in order to begin to glimpse the absolute. Using logic, which serves us so well in the relative world of duality certainly has it’s place. To go beyond the logical however, well… now’s the time “to put away childish things”. Thanks for an “enlightening dialogue” – lol, I just caught myself using an oxymoron.

    So: small self = 2 halves; yin/ yang; split/ dualistic state of being. Small mind = inherent duality in mental perception; physically the brain functions through 2 lobes, internal conflict is it’s nature. When both sides of the brain are stilled, the original MIND, Buddha/ Christ Consciousness is the underlying… pointing to “this”. Expressing the unexpressible, ineffable through silence. Silence is the language of meditation, which is the gateway to the singularity/ void. The truth is as it is… tathagata. Thank you for sharing this blog, enjoying every moment. Blessings and
    Happy Holidays!


  • 1EarthUnited says:

    Reblogged this on 1earthnow and commented:
    Thoughts are just as they are, watch as they pass…


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