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Wu Wisdom: Everything is Everything

Teddy Stratis

The following is an excerpt from RZA's "Tao of Wu."

When Buddha says “All is illusion,” he isn’t saying that nothing is real. He’s saying that your mind’s projections onto reality are illusions. He’s saying that the elements in the universe that form every physical thing we see—solid, liquid, gas—if they’re taken down to a subatomic level, they don’t exist. Therefore all we see is an illusion, because it’s shape or form, not true essence. One reason why Buddhism was pushed out was that it seemed to contradict Western ideas of God. To most of us, you can’t say “All is void” one second then “Everything has a Buddha nature” the next. But what Buddha said is true.

Your body is your vehicle. And if you put that vehicle to the service of God’s will? Then that vehicle becomes an extension of God’s hand. This is Moses splitting the Red Sea. This is Jesus walking on water. It’s that extension—because the power of the physical is limited only to the power of the mind and spirit driving or flowing through it. Everything is everything.

Additional Reading: "The Reality of Things: Does Not Apply" from the The Tattooed Buddha.

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  • Noigel Allah Bey

    Peace, The Mind is the only reality for without it nothing would exist.

  • ANthony THomas


  • Jamel

    Peace God

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  • Morris M

    “When you break it down to the subatomic level…” it’s amazing how everything is mostly nothing, but it forms these illusions. I recently read that there are theories that galaxies, on a large scale, may be organized in large groups. They are suggesting that galaxies clumped together may be functioning similar to the way organelles function in cells. This may be an implication that our galaxies and universe may be just minuscule parts of a much grander organism.

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