CASE 3: The Indian King Invites the Patriarch

A king of Eastern India invited the twenty-seventh patriarch, Prajna Tara, for a meal. The
king asked, “Why don’t you recite sutras?” The patriarch said, “The poor way1 does not stay
in the world of subject when breathing in, and has nothing to do with the world of objects
when breathing out. I am always reciting the suchness-sutra in millions and millions of

32. Emptiness

The gentlest thing in the world
will override the strongest.
Emptiness pervades everything
though it has no substance.
By this I understand the value of non-action.

To teach without words and
to be useful without action:
Few among us are capable of this.