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Buddhism also says that it is owing to Voidness that things can exist and, because of the very fact that things do exist, they must be Void. It emphasizes that Voidness and existence are comple­ mentary to each other and not in opposition to each other; they include and embrace, rather than exclude or negate each other. When ordinary sentient beings see an object, they see only its existent, not its void, aspect. But an enlightened being sees both aspects at the same time. This nondistinguishment, or "unifica­ tion" as some people like to call it, of Voidness and existence, is the so-called Nonabiding Middle Way Doc­ trine of Mahayana Buddhism.

But it is the only way to present Zen authentically and at the same time make i t a little clearer to Westerners who, with no other means at hand, must for the most part approach the subject intellectually and follow a safer, if slower, way than that of the East to find and take the first step on the journey toward Enlightenment II. �_ The �Ia. ;7 Practice of Zen A General Review 0/ Zen Practice Zen practice is not a subject that uninitiated scholars can deal with competently through mere inteUection or pedantry.

When he arrived there, he sat down inside the coffin, holding his staff, and waited until he saw some pedestrians approaching. He then asked them if they would be so good as to nail the coffin up for him after he had died. When they agreed, he lay down in it and passed away. The pedestrians then nailed the coffin up as they had promised to do. Word of this event soon reached town, and people began to arrive in swarms. Someone then suggested that they open the coffin and take a look at the corpse inside.

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