Emptiness Teachings

There are two truths in Buddhism, conventional and ultimate truth.  This penetrating insight dates back to the original Buddha.  Understanding the two truths and the relationship between them is vital in seeing through the illusion of inherent existence and realizing emptiness or Śūnyatā.
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Nagarjuna’s philosophy of the Middle Way or Mahyamaka school of Buddhism shows how the two truths are different and yet despite this difference are actually identical.  An understanding of this paradox is a journey of remarkable insight and clarity.  Nagarjuna’s doctrine of the emptiness of emptiness is imperative on this account.
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The references used for this article focused on the brilliant works of Jay Garfield, Professor of Philosophy, Buddhist scholar and translator.

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Conventional Truth

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Conventional truth involves our everyday experience and understanding of the way the phenomenal world appears and functions.  If our senses and cognition are in working order we recognize that…

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