Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Empty Paradox

Here is a new piece titled "The Empty Paradox"
C= Compassion and W= Wisdom
The Chinese character is 'Buddha's mind'
So we have C multiplied times W equals the limit of (1/x) as 'x' approaches Buddha's mind.

The equation is the familiar function of x equal to 1/x which yields a hyperbolic curve when graphed and results an asymptote when x = 0. Compassion multiplied by Wisdom is equal to 1 over X as the limit of X approaches Buddha’s mind. Buddhist philosophy tells us that Buddha’s mind is emptiness yet the philosophy also tells us that emptiness is different than nothingness or zero. In fact it is quite paradoxical for we are told that emptiness is very much something. This piece also uses visual imagery for poetic expression with Buddhist symbolism of flexibility and eternity represented by bamboo and pine trees respectively.


Sanket Shrivastava said...

Nice to see I am not the only mad one. Very relieving and reassuring :)

I have an interesting poem for you.

0+0 = 0-0

Nice one, eh?

anandi said...

Thanks for commenting Kaz.
Hmm.. A very interesting analysis.
A mind with 0 magnitude is the most peaceful mind vis a vis Buddha's mind. Sometime back I hunted a lot for unearthing the meanings in Infinity and found some very interesting things. Infinity and zero is so complimentary that if I try to find one I'll reach the other and vice versa. It is the perception of one's mind. This reminds me of the zero point energy concept of Physics. Zero point energy - has infinite energy.
Isn't it?

Andinet Melaku said...

interesting and hilarious too. isn't the answer, zero. I love it man

Kaz Maslanka said...

Madness is a fashion for the young.
Thanks for dropping by

You know this poem as well as anyone. I can see that you see the power in the paradox and I thank you so much for commenting! I look forward to meeting you someday at Bridges.

Thank you for dropping by and smiling.


Todd Smith said...

I love it! Infinity is such a great concept.

I am reminded of the Vedic quotation:
anoraniyan mahato mahiyan
Smaller than the smallest is larger than the largest.

Kaz Maslanka said...

Todd, thank you so much your words are truly appreciated.

Anandi, Thank you ... I think I could learn much from you about Hinduism.


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