Why Emptyness is Important

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By, Daniel Somers Why Emptiness is important The Parjnaparamita Heart Sutra is a book used to help teach Zen Buddhism in western culture, it consists of a number of phrases that are meant to be answered in your own way; they are meant to help you understand yourself and your life. One phrase in particular was chosen for this assignment. “Listen, Sharpuntra, form is emptiness, emptiness is form, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from dorm. The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness.” (1) It is a little difficult to understand unless you understand some of the meanings of the words. By form they refer to the existence of everything, everything being the entire universe from a grain of salt to the cosmos. And by emptiness in essence they refer to potential and the essence of a so called blank slate. So when you think of the phrase in this way what it means to say that within very beginning of a blank slate lays the potential of the universe, while at the same time the blank slate being a part of the universe contains a connection to all that exists. As Nhan Hanh put it “emptiness is the ground of everything. Thanks to emptiness, everything is possible. That is a declaration made by Nagarjuna, the Buddhist philosopher of the second century. Emptiness is quite an optimistic concept.” (2) The basic idea of the idea is that to be truly happy you must give up everything to become empty, and when that happens you can also embody the universe and that is what gives you happiness. While I agree with the concepts of this statement I also disagree with it. I agree with the concept of the statement, everything is influencing even the smallest seed even if in the smallest way, and seeing as how that seed in the definition of a blank slate is a beginning and there for empty. In some way everything does impact
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