Emptiness Panacea

Philosophy and Experience of the Nature of Reality

Emptiness Panacea

The very essence of the Buddhayāna, the spiritual 'vehicle' (yāna) that conveys the teachings and essence of the Buddha, is encapsulated in the profound concept of 'emptiness' (śūnyatā). This term is derived from the Sanskrit adjective 'śūnya', encompassing notions such as 'void, zero, nothing, and empty.' Its origin can be traced back to the root 'śvi', denoting 'hollow.' It becomes paramount to discern its subtle layers, ensuring we don't misinterpret its depth.

Far from suggesting sheer 'nothingness,' emptiness serves as a lens through which we discern the absence of inherent, separate properties within an object. The term 'zero,' should not be mistaken for a mere mathematical placeholder. Instead, it should be understood as a sophisticated indicator, signifying an absence amidst the apparent. This beckons us to recognize the discrepancy between what appears before us, or conventional reality, and what truly is the case, or ultimate reality.

From a subjective perspective, this realization takes a personal turn. The enduring, unwavering notion of 'I' or 'me' that we often cling to becomes untenable. This sense of 'I-am-ness' (asmitā), which fosters the pervasive 'self-love' identified by Buddhist yogis, emerges as the fundamental root of manifold mental and emotional afflictions. But when one achieves a pivotal shift, a turning (āśraya-parāvṛtti) at the base of the mind, a state of freedom blossoms. Such a mind perceives the aggregates as not eternal pillars but transient entities.

On the objective front, emptiness challenges our perception of reality. It asserts the non-existence of anything inherently existent, devoid of interdependence, separated from the rest. This denies the presence of any entity that exists independently, in a self-sustained, perpetual manner, from its own side. The enlightened Bodhisattva, traversing the path, discerns and experiences this ultimate nature of all phenomena—this 'emptiness.' Such profound realization propels them into the realm of 'tathātā', aligning with the ultimate truth, and achieving Buddhahood.

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Emptiness Panacea


© 2021 by Wim van den Dungen

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ISBN : 978-1-387-02817-7

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