Until it's Empty - Turtles All The Way Down

One summer day, two boys were throwing a ball back and forth. One asked, “Here we are playing, and the earth holds us up. But what holds the earth up?”

“I asked my dad about that a few days ago,” said the other, “and he said that the earth is held up by four elephants, one in each of the four directions.” They returned to their play.

A few minutes later, the first boy asked, “What holds the elephants up?”

“I asked my dad that, too, and he said that they stand on the shell of a giant turtle.” 

They threw the ball back and forth again. Then the first boy asked, “What holds the turtle up?”

The second boy stopped playing. He thought for a while and finally said, “I think it’s turtles all the way down.”

When we begin to examine our minds, eventually we come to pure awareness - emptiness.

Do not mistake emptiness as nothingness, it is everything - pure potential.

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