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How Things Exist: Teachings On Emptiness
This book begins with a general talk on universal responsibility and compassion that is followed by four chapters detailing the Prasangika Madhyamaka view of emptiness, or ultimate reality, as taught in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and how to meditate on it, according to the author's personal experience.
Paperback, 127 pages
Published 2008 by Wisdom Publications, U.S
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May 09, 2013 Matthew Leroy rated it liked it · review of another edition
Five quick chapters focusing on the way we label experiences and things in the world. It is argued that at the root of the world is nothingness other than what we label it to be. This (at least how I am reading it) is both supportive of cognitive thought processes and also with slight adjustments a need to understand ourselves as subjective unconsciously driven individuals. Overall a decent read, and helps me to continue to feel more exposed and aware of Buddhism.
Understanding emptiness is not easy. We have lived for countless lives seeing things and phenomena in the wrong way. I love this talk by Lama Zopa because of the simplicity with which he explains such a complex subject. He emphasizes how being aware of it and bringing it to our daily practice is crucial for our advance on the path, helping us especially when we experience problems as a tool to avoid generating more negative karma.
Actually I will never finish reading this book. It doesn't really work that way with the Dharma.Every reading takes you deeper into this infinite subject matter. A teaching I would recommend to any Buddhist practitioner, but especially to those of the Prasagika school of the Middle Way. It is juicy!
Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche (Tibetan: ཐུབ་བསྟན་བཟོད་པ་, Wylie: Thub-bstan Bzod-pa, often published as Lama Zopa Rinpoche), the spiritual director of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, is held to be the reincarnation of the Sherpa Nyingma yogi Kunsang Yeshe, the Lawudo Lama. Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, not far from the cave Lawudo, in the Mount Everest region of N ...moreMore about Thubten Zopa...