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

  • Title: How Things Exist: Teachings on Emptiness
  • Author: Thubten Zopa
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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.

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    1. Much to think about upon completion of this book. The subject of emptiness is very difficult to explain but one of the key aspects of Buddhism. Lama Zopa does a good job of explaining it. In a sense, emptiness is like a logic problem and when it is not explained right it can get confusing. However in this book, you get a good sense of its meaning. A good primer for someone who is interested in this subject.

    2. „Reality“ Reality, Reality. It’s taken me several decades of lived experience and nearly a decade of mindful awareness to know the Truth of what the Lama explains here. Now that I do, his teachings are very very clear to me. Simple in fact. Highly recommended for anyone with an open and receptive mind and heart.

    3. This is more a book (um, ok, a series of ad-hoc talks) on dependent arising.Nothing earth-shattering here, but then again, that may be because I'm already well aware of the principle and would rather read something on how to apply that to day-to-day life rather than hear it explained all over again.

    4. Shunyata/Emptiness is a tough topicTeaching Emptiness is very tough, especially in a book (rather than face to face with a teacher). The Lama did a great job.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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!

    8. Accessible transcription of sermons, but did not enhance my understanding as much as other sources.

    9. short book that consists of transcriptions of verbal teachings. Interesting and thought provoking.

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