Where Can Dust Alight?
All of this—me and you and the world and universe that we assume exists—is literally a dream. Every dreamer and every dream will disappear.
What all of this will “dissolve” into is emptiness; in fact, all is already empty right now.
“You” ask, How can that be? Your question is not posed from the standpoint of there being nothing—and only nothing—from the start. The question is asked from the standpoint of something, a substance, “me” assuming existence prior to the asking of the question.
From the standpoint of emptiness, there can be no questions and no one to ask them. Emptiness means emptiness, total and complete.
You say, even if all things are empty, there is the appearance of these things.
But all of these appearances are a dream which will vanish as the dreamer will vanish. The dreamer itself is an unreal fixture in an unreal dream. The dreamer’s question, or puzzlement, is a moot question.
When the premise is of emptiness, from the starting point, we do not start from the notion of “I am here” to debate whether all is emptiness.
We do not say, from where do these appearances appear? The question itself negates emptiness: from the standpoint of emptiness there are no appearances which can appear.
Not anything exists right now. Emptiness, of course, is beyond existence or nonexistence. All that we are, all that the world and universe is, is utterly empty—even of any “appearances” otherwise. Without recognizing this, fundamentally, you will not “know emptiness”.
Knowing emptiness does not assume that there is something which is not empty that can be the knower of it. Both knower and known are empty. In their emptiness, neither really exists.
From where do the appearances appear? They appear to a dreamer who is as unreal as the appearances which seem to appear.