We undergo needless torment because we don’t see things as they are; we see in things a graspable, solid nature that they lack. The Buddha is “the Awakened One,” the one free from this delusory dream.
If people and things do not exist as they appear, then how do they exist? And how can we practice so as to approach and gain intimacy with this basic nature?
June 22 – 25, 2017
What is it?
Practice, in this tradition, requires contemplative reasoning that relentlessly attacks the appearance of an independent, objective reality while steering clear of nihilistic extremes.
As long as we each take ourselves to have our own natural reality, our hearts cannot fully open to those whom we see as “others.” The bodhisattva path of love depends on a much deeper sense of interconnectedness.
In this July 2015 teaching at Sravasti Abbey, Dr. Guy Newland gives an introduction to the course and main players in Buddhist philosophy. The importance of understanding emptiness correctly and how it relates to cultivating compassion.
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