Emptiness and dependent arising go together

  Buddha says that whatever exists necessarily exists in dependence upon various factors – causes, parts, and so on – and is therefore empty of existing from its own side: the two truths: dependent arising and emptiness. One of our biggest mistakes when we hear...

The two truths: flip sides of the same coin

One way of framing the entire Buddhist world view is in terms of how things exist: the two truths: conventional and ultimate. Finally we need to quit the primordial ignorance deep in the bones of our being that believes that everything has an intrinsic nature, exists...

The view of karma loosens the grip of ego-grasping

  The very first level of practice for a Buddhist is to abide by the laws of karma: don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t jump on someone’s else’s partner—in other words, behave nicely. And why does Buddha exhort us to do this? Because my doing a negative action—harming...

The king of logics to prove emptiness

  Paraphrasing Lama Tsongkhapa, Lama Yeshe says that dependent arising is the “king of logics” to prove emptiness.   All of Buddha’s teachings, right from the beginning, are based upon the assumption of emptiness, and are leading us to emptiness. Emptiness...

How to understand emptiness by thinking about dependent arising

How do we get to realize the emptiness of the I? Am I supposed to just sit there and think, “I am empty, I am empty, I am empty,” waiting for some vision to come. Ridiculous! Actually, you don’t sit there thinking about emptiness; you sit there thinking about...