Consciousness as Vacuum

Chrenrezig, The Buddha of Compassion

A common term for characterizing the indescribable, pure consciousness we want to identify with on the Buddhist path is “emptiness.”

At the extreme, genuine, total emptiness is a vacuum. The old cliche has it that “nature abhors a vacuum,” but not according to Buddhism. Space is not a complete vacuum, but it is much more vacuum like than what we live in on earth. If we accept the proposition that the Buddha, after his…



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