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Chapter 11 – Thirty spokes join at a hub


Thirty spokes join at a hub: their use for the cart is where they are not.
When the potter’s wheel makes a pot, the use of the pot is precisely where there is nothing.

When you open the doors and windows for a room, it is where there is nothing that they are useful to the room.
Therefore being is for benefit, nonbeing is for usefulness.

Support Author: Thomas Cleary
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