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what is emptiness in Theravada

Postby Gena1480 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:18 pm

emptiness in Theravada
as when you check what fetters
has been destroyed
and it is the right way to say
this person is empty of these fetters
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Re: what is emptiness in Theravada

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:32 pm

Hi Gena

See this sutta:

Then Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One, "It is said that the world is empty, the world is empty, lord. In what respect is it said that the world is empty?"

"Insofar as it is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self: Thus it is said, Ananda, that the world is empty. And what is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self? The eye is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self. Forms... Eye-consciousness... Eye-contact is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self.

"The ear is empty...

"The nose is empty...

"The tongue is empty...

"The body is empty...

"The intellect is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self. Ideas... Intellect-consciousness... Intellect-contact is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self. Thus it is said that the world is empty."


http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: what is emptiness in Theravada

Postby Gena1480 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:01 pm

Bodom
the sutta does not conflict
with what i said
the sutta states
empty of sense fetter
upekkha
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Re: what is emptiness in Theravada

Postby Gena1480 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:36 pm

my mistake
using comparing
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Re: what is emptiness in Theravada

Postby Nibbida » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:09 am

From the Phena Sutta (Foam):

Form is like a glob of foam;
feeling, a bubble;
perception, a mirage;
fabrications, a banana tree;
consciousness, a magic trick —
this has been taught
by the Kinsman of the Sun.
However you observe them,
appropriately examine them,
they're empty, void
to whoever sees them
appropriately.


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