Robert Aitken

‘There are some people who fall into the pit of emptiness and keep repeating, “It doesn’t matter,” or “It’s all one.” During the drug revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s, I met many young men and women who were caught in this trap. Sometimes a religious experience will lead you into such a state. A “sick soul” condition, it can be very persuasive. I agree that everything is empty, but at the same time it is also full. It is sometimes high and sometimes low, sometimes strong and sometimes weak, sometimes light and sometimes dark. Don’t let yourself get stuck in simplistic views.’ (Taking the Path of Zen)

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