Emptiness Teachings

 

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INTRODUCTION


From the perspective of emptiness teachings, to say that something is empty means that it is empty of an inherent or independent existence.  Instead everything depends upon conditions like fire depends upon fuel and does not burn itself.  What is dependently arisen therefore, lacks its own being or substance.  Deconstructing consciousness and seeing its emptiness takes a lot of examination, but is profoundly liberating.  For the idea of consciousness existing as its own thing, not only perpetuates the sense of an inherently separate self, but involves an argument supporting the separate existence of all phenomena.~

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Consciousness is commonly viewedas being independent from everything else, existing with its own nature.  Within nonduality, this is often referred to as pure consciousness and is seen as a foundational and transcendent reality, as the essence of everything.  Such a perspective does not recognize consciousness as dependent upon other phenomena to appear…

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