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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Understanding Emptiness

When you dream of an elephant, does an elephant appear to your mind? Indeed it appears very clearly. Is there an elephant there? No. This appearance of an elephant in your dream is a union of appearance and emptiness. It appears, yet it does not exist--yet it appears. It is the same with all external phenomena. If we understand the example of the appearance of something in a dream, it is easier to understand how the mind appears yet does not exist, and does not exist yet appears.

--Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche in Essentials of Mahamudra from More Daily Wisdom, edited by Josh Bartok, Wisdom Publications

James: As Thich Nhat Hanh says, "Wave is form and the water is emptiness."

-Peace to all beings-

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2 comments:

Don Iannone said...

THis is a good article. Thank you. I completed a course in Buddhist Psychology last semester and we discussed emptiness among other concepts. Namaste. Don

"James" said...

You're quite welcome Don.

I bow to the Buddha within you.

~Namaste~

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