“Standing outside my pointed-roof hut. Who’d guess how spacious it is inside. A galaxy of worlds is there. With room to spare for a zazen cushion.”
For those of us that have practiced zazen, you know that you know many places at once, and can travel to these at once. Before I lose the other half of you, I’m not talking about remote viewing or any paranormal stuff. However, it is quite liberating and surreal once you realize the truth of nature and the universe. Science may call some of this “thought experiments”, which Einstein made famous. Using this technique, it is said that Buddha was aware of subatomic particles 2500 years before Einstein.
Whether or not this is true or can be proven doesn’t matter. What matters, and what we do know is that thought experiments are possible, and we can derive certain conclusions from them. Just from this practice alone, think about how far out in universe you have gone, or how deep within down to subatomic particles we have gone.
Another Zen and Taoist truth that science has recently proven is that the further out we go in the universe, and the further we examine atoms or other infinitely tiny particles, we find the same thing: the great void.
An atom is mostly space, as is the universe. As is the percentage of our brains that we use. As time goes on, we will learn how to better use the space, the great void, as we come to understand it better. We can better use the space in an atom, the space in the universe, and the space in our brains. More than you think can be realized while just sitting in zazen, devoid of goals.