Chang-ch'o, an educated man, once asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chih-t'sang:
-Is there paradise or hell?
-That is not correct. When I was studying under the
I know that the description or explanation given as the meaning was given at a particular point in time.
I feel that it was reflective of a particular view of existence or happenings at the time. It was possibly the general experience of the status quo at the time.
Reply from glorymind
I feel that it was reflective of a particular view [...] at the time.
It makes some sense to assume that before there was 'something', there was nothing.
I liked that it parallels the idea of vacuum: the separation between the "Earth" and the "Sky" (the stars), and also the Zen/Buddhist idea of contrast/inter-conditioned existence which by being so is suggested to be 'empty'/'delusional'.