How The Eastern Concept of “Emptiness” Can Help You Live a Fuller Life

Find peace in nothingness.

Alvin Ang
Alvin Ang
Jan 3, 2021 · 8 min read
Lessons from Japan’s History — Tajima no kami Norimasa playing his biwa. Artist: Yōshū Chikanobu (1897) Source: Wikimedia Commons

In the West, feeling empty is viewed as a negative condition. Emptiness is often associated with dark terms like depression, apatheia, or nihilism. In Asia though, things are a little different.

The Chinese word for emptiness is kōng (空); devoid, the void, the space between…