Emptiness

I have written about the Buddhist emptiness before and thought I would see what comes up for me now.

EMPTY OF SUBSTANCE AND SOLIDITY

The world to me, appears as consciousness. All content of experience is similar to a night dream. It’s empty of substance. It’s ephemeral. (To myself, I am consciousness, and the world to me happens within and as the consciousness I am, so the world inevitably appears as consciousness.)

EMPTY OF A FUNDAMENTAL SELF

Then, there is a noticing that comes from comparing images of what’s here to images of what was or could be. This is a mental comparison. Here, I notice that this content of experience is empty of a separate self. This field of experience happens within and as what I am. Anything that could be taken as a self – this human self and ideas of being a victim, a doer, an observer, and so on – all happens within and as what I am. All of it comes and goes. None of it is a fundamental self. The content of experience is empty of a fundamental self.

EMPTY OF WHAT MY IDEAS TELL ME ABOUT IT

There is another noticing that could be called emptiness. The world is inherently free of what my ideas tell me about it. It’s not touched by it. It cannot be captured by it. It’s different from and more than any idea I have about it, and also less.

Of course, in a conventional sense, a thought can be more or less accurate, and it’s important to use the more accurate ideas as a guide. Still, a thought cannot capture any final, full, or absolute truth. They are questions about the world.

A NAIVE APPROACH

This is just what comes up for me from that one word. It’s a naive approach and likely has little to do with how Buddhist teachings and teachers see emptiness. (Naive is not bad, it helps me notice what’s here for me instead of what “should” be according to some ideas about it.)

The image is created by me and Midjourney


INITIAL DRAFT

EMPTINESS

I have written about the Buddhist emptiness before, and thought I would see what comes up for me now.

First is the direct noticing of what may be called emptiness.

The world to me, appears as consciousness. All content of experience is similar to a night dream. It’s empty of substance. It’s ephemeral. (To myself, I am consciousness, and the world to me happens within and as the consciousness I am, so the world inevitably appears as consciousness.)

Then, there is a noticing that comes from comparing images of what’s here to images of what was or could be. This is a mental comparison. Here, I notice that this content of experience is empty of a separate self. This field of experience happens within. andas what I am. Anything that could be taken as a self – this human self and ideas of being a victim, a doer, an observer and so on – all happens within and as what I am. All of it comes and goes. None of it is a fundamental self. The content of experience is empty of a fundamental self.

There is another noticing that could be called emptiness. The world is inherently free of any ideas I have about it. It’s empty of the ideas I have about it. It’s not touched by it. It cannot be captured by it. It’s different from and more than any idea I have about it, and also less.

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