I saw the Dalai Lama once in D.C. and the man made a significant impact on my life. He was so bubbly without being superficial, a fountain of positive, thoughtful, inspiring vibes.
I have read several of his books and others about Buddhist teachings, taking what fits within the context of my Christian upbringing, my life experience and what little wisdom I might have gleaned from my own hard knocks and the kindness of others.
A concept that eluded my intellectual grasp for some time was that of emptiness. I had a hard time not thinking of nothingness, if you’ll forgive the double negative. On the contrary, though, it represents the extent to which everything is interwoven, part of oneness, so that our perception of individuality, of the self and of uniqueness is illusory. Things are empty of individual identity, as I understand it.
So I want to share this excerpt from a book of “daily wisdom” by the Dalai Lama. It expresses this thought far better than I ever could–
“Emptiness should be understood in the context of dependent arising, and it should evoke a sense of fullness, of things created by causes and conditions. We shouldn’t think that the self is something that is originally there and then eliminated in meditation; in fact, it is something that never existed in the first place.”