One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
Emptiness is just another way of looking at infinite space. Our monkey mind traps us in a shrinking ball of our worldly endeavors. Tighter and tighter, smaller and smaller till any reasonable view is gone and we lose all wisdom. Meditation is about a release of the ball’s tension. It is about finding the never ending space between our commitments and sufferings: knowing all is relative. Buddhism is about now, not about pie in the sky by and by. MU