Thomas Merton,in Zen and the Birds of Appetite
The notion of innocence (which he offers as a translation for « emptiness ») through economic terms : being innocent is being poor.
Merton quotes Meister Eckart, as he said poverty was ‘having nothing, knowing nothing, wanting nothing.’
We could add another parallel line to this economic explanations and observe that this state of innocence, poverty and, in the same movement, attempt a glimpse at the Buddhist ‘emptiness” through a linguistic angle.
Poverty / innocence / emptiness
Is the absence of object, of subject and the absence of verb
I eat an apple
Therefore restoring the infinite potential and abide in a place below the room of words.
Poverty/innocence have the full space to welcome/meet reality, God, the Spirit,
This is pure faith
And pure extinction