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I’ve been on a quest recently to understand a bit more about the concept of emptiness. I wrote about it previously (you can read it here) where I argued that perhaps only those who have no desire to be human (as in their purposes in life are greater than living out their human lives) are prepared to conquer and defeat the human need for attachment and practice emptiness in their lives.

If you are interested in the definition of Buddhism’s emptiness, you can read it here. As with many publications, the definition is too ethereal and abstract to be practical for me, so I sought to understand how to practice emptiness. At first this may seem to counter my original post where I mentioned that it may be impossible for one to be empty and not attached if one also wants to live as a human. Well, what if you make the conscious decision to live more monk-like, there are still practical steps one needs to take to reach the state of emptiness. That’s what this post is all about – a practical guide to being empty, if you will.

First, being empty is not about being nothing. Being nothing (as in nihilism) is believing that existence is without meaning or purpose. In other words, if you believe in nihilism, you believe that everything is non-existing and a non-reality. Rather, being empty is, first and foremost, being objective about your surrounding. Everything is real, and everything around you exists. To be empty means to be able to see everything that exists and is real around you with an objective mindset. The more objective you are in assessing the situation around you, the closer you are to being empty. Read the rest of this entry »

August 2008