Attain Zero Mind, Use Zero Mind

Boring is a very important word. If you attain boring, then everything is boring. Then this is no desire, no anger, no ignorance. Desire is boring, anger is boring, ignorance is boring; everything is boring. Then, you will get Enlightenment. So boring is very important. Everything is equal. But people don’t like boring. They want something, and boring is not interesting. It’s like clear water. Clear water has no taste, but no taste is great taste. Everybody likes ice cream, but eating ice cream all day is not possible. However, if you’re thirsty, clear water is wonderful any time – better than honey, better then ice cream, better than anything. The truth is like this.

In Zen no meaning is great meaning, and great meaning is no meaning. We call this zero mind. I go around and ask, "Is zero a number?" One time in London I asked this, and somebody said, "Yes, it’s a number."

So I said, “Yes, if you say zero is a number, you can do everything. Let’s look at this. 9x0=0. Then, 9=0/0. O.K.? Then, if you say it’s a number, then 0/0=1. So, 9=0/0=1, and 9=1.

Then he said, "Ah, zero is not a number; that’s not possible. 0/0=1 is not possible."

"O.K.; not possible is O.K. Then, 9x0=0. That means 9=0/0. 10,000x0=0. Then 10,000=0/0. 0/0 means 0/0 = 10,000 and 0/0 = 9. So, 9 = 10,000.

"Zero mind can do anything. If you say zero is a number, that’s O.K. If you say zero is not a number, that’s O.K.; it doesn’t matter. Zero is everything; everything is zero. This is Zen mathematics, O.K.? So zero mind is very interesting. If you keep zero mind, then you can do everything."