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Emptiness and Form

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From The Heart Sutra, a famous Mahayana Buddhist text:

Form is no other than emptiness
Emptiness no other than form
All things are by nature void
They are not born or destroyed
Nor are they stained or pure
Nor do they wax or wane
Form is only emptiness
Emptiness only form

“It is pointing to the fact that we don’t see the world as it actually is. That things are not static, and fixed, and separate, the way that we tend to think of them being. But things are actually in flux, they are always changing, everything is impermanent, everything is interconnected. You can’t take one part of the Universe and separate it from the rest of the Universe because it is a part of that Universe, it’s interconnected inextricably with it.

“How can it be that things are not the way that we see them?
It is the mind that creates the illusion of separateness.
There are no boundaries.
Everything is not separate from everything else.
Everything is connected.
Everything is interconnected.
There isn’t any permanence.
There is always change.
It’s all one process.
And the mind picks various elements out of this process called the Universe,
and sees them as being separate, assumes that they are separate.”

–Bodhipaksa (Graeme Stephen) from the CD The Wisdom of the Breath: Three Guided Meditations for Calming the Mind and Cultivating Insight. Sounds True. 2009.

Written by Lynda

February 19th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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