During the past few weeks, I find myself having to explain the notion of emptiness or selflessness on quite a few occasions and I wonder how to present it in a way that conveys some experiences of what it means to be empty.
How can I show that emptiness is not an abstract idea reserved [...]
In the discourses of the Buddha, there are many occasions when the Buddha questioned the audience with a familiar series of questions regarding the nature of our self. Given that they are in the living presence of an enlightened one, I am sure that the monks, nuns or lay people will pay full attention to [...]
According to the teachings of the Prasangika Madhyamika school of Buddhist philosophy, our most persistent and fundamental mistake is grasping at an inherently, independently existent essence within persons and things, when they are utterly empty of such fantasized ways of existing. It is good to get a sense of why this is problematic, right at [...]
When we get involved in the deeper end of Buddhist philosophy, especially in Tibetan Buddhism, we will be introduced to the rope-snake, i.e., a coil of rope on the ground that is misperceived as a snake. By the force of that mis-apprehension, we naturally develop a fear reaction towards the snake, thinking that it is [...]
What can we learn about dependent origination from a house of cards? Well, most of us would be able to figure out that a house of cards is clearly dependent on the individual cards, arranged and stacked in a specific way.
The important question to ponder is: how does this house of cards itself [...]
There is this mantra of dependent origination that is commonly recited in Tibetan Buddhism during a consecration rite, and also as a part of the daily practice of blessing our speech:
Om Ye Dharma Hetu Prabhava Hetun Teschan Tathagato Hey Vadat Teshan Ca Yo Nirodha Evam Vadi Maha Shramanah Ye Soha
If you take away [...]
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