༄༅། གཟུགས་སྟོང་པའོ། སྟོང་པ་ཉིད་གཟུགས་སོ།། Zug tong po Tong pa nyi zug so "Form is emptiness, emptiness is form." written in round shape, U-chen script.
A gift for a friend on Lana Calligraphy Paper 250 g/m2, mm 400x300, Pilot Parallels Pen 6 mm nib, Winsor & Newton Black Calligraphic Ink. Thanks a lot to Tashi Mannox (Namo Gurubye!) for teaching me how to do it and for inspiring me everyday. May all beings could attain Enlightenment through the practice of Prajnaparamita!
"Thirty spokes converge as a wheel, but the space in the middle allows the axle, to create a vehicle. Clay may be made into a pot, but the space inside allows us to put things in it. Windows and doors may be chiseled out to make a room, but the space inside allows us to live in it. So, presence enables use, but absence makes something useful."
From the Daodejing. It's not Buddhist, and it's not exactly what the above saying means, but... For me, it helps to begin to understand the idea. The 2 philosophies are very similar, in many ways. As I see it, everything has 2 sides - and none can exist without the other. In a more general way, everything is made up of everything else. We're made up of matter from the universe: we cannot exist without it. We are only separate from it when we begin to think of ourselves as ourselves.