(Chinese: "emptiness," or "purity"), in Chinese Taoism, a state of being that is characterized by total tranquility and transcendence of self, through which individual consciousness is believed to become one with the Tao; the Tao, or Way, constitutes absolute reality and cannot be defined or understood in human terms except through individual experience of hsu.

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