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Ten Meanings of Emptiness

Ten Meanings of Emptiness

Emptiness is one of the fundamental teachings of Buddhist philosophy. It is one of the heaviest and most difficult to understand teachings.

The Mahayana Commentary denotes ten meanings of emptiness. These meanings can help point us in the direction of understanding.

1) Emptiness blocks nothing. It penetrates everything but blocks nothing.
2) Emptiness can be found everywhere and in everything.
3) Emptiness is equal everywhere. It has no preference.
4) Emptiness is vast. It has no beginning and is unlimited.
5) It is formless.
6) It is pure. Emptiness has no flaws or weaknesses.
7) It is changeless. It exists apart from life and death.
8) It is an absolute negation. All things dissolve into emptiness.
9) It is empty. It negates itself and destroys attachments to it.
10) It is ungraspable. It cannot be held or controlled.

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Author:

Daniel is a Zen Teacher in Kansas City. He leads Fountain City Meditation, a floating meditation community. Daniel is affiliated with the Dharma Winds Tradition, where he ordained in 2018. Daniel is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha and he has a weekly podcast called Scharpening the Mind.

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