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Senior Year Signs

on January 27, 2013

Senior Year Signs!

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The void, or emptiness is a Buddhist concept.  The Dalai Lama brilliantly dissects the paradox of the emptiness of the concept of emptiness, stating, “If we take ultimate reality – emptiness itself – what we will find is that emptiness is a phenomenon that is found as a result of an ultimate analysis on a given object.  Therefore, from that point of view, it is ultimate and rightly called ultimate truth.  Yet if we take the ultimate as an object in its own right and then examine it, search for its essence, and determine whether emptiness exists objectively, independently of other factors and so on, we will find that this is not the case.  This indicates that emptiness is also not ultimately existent. Understanding this will enable is to reconcile the seeming contradiction that arises when we say that emptiness is ultimate truth, but at the same time, it is not ultimately existing.  All the phenomena that appear to our mind and exist in the universe, including the mind itself, depend for this very existence on causes and conditions.  Since their nature is one of dependence, they are devoid of any independent existence.  They cannot exist in their own right, and from their own side, and this absence or negation of independent existence is the ultimate reality or truth of all things” (Gyatso, Dzogchen 145).

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