Posted by SkySitter (184.108.40.206) on October 05, 2000 at 07:34:41:
In Reply to: Re: Some questions posted by David on October 05, 2000 at 05:34:38:
: Thanks very much for this. It has helped me a lot. I think your reference to nihilism is particularly on point. My confusion related to the seeming conflicting ideas that we meditate on nothingness but it is through meditation we begin to know ourselves. But your point is well-taken. Thanks for the information.
My 2 cents (more from Ch'an/Zen tradition, or just general Buddhism.):
(1) emptiness is NOT empty, is not nothingness, is not nihilism. Actualy, it is the opposite of them.
(Some simple examples starting http://home.westshore.cc.mi.us/jbwolff/ppbuddhism/tsld021.htm)
"Things don't exist the way we people think how they exist". That's the emptiness we are talking about. It is different from "Things don't exist."
(2) meditation is not just sit and do nothing. In Mahayana, 6 or 10 Paramis (perfections).
(3) why this life? Why not?
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