Emptiness

In Buddhism, we talk about emptiness or “sunyata”. But we have to understand that emptiness is a relative term. If something is empty, like a cup, for example, it is empty of something else, like tea.

In this case, it is our “I” that is empty and our “external” world that is also empty. And what they are empty of is independent, self-existing, permanent reality. There is nothing solid or substantial, outside or inside, that we can grasp onto as unchanging and eternal. We cannot even grasp onto emptiness as being something substantial.

When we experience “sunyata”, it can be a bit of a shock, because we actually do believe that we are solid and we do believe that our world of form, thoughts, and emotions is also solid. We act as if they are, and have been doing that for a long long time.

 

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