Sunday, January 13, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Buddhahood and Emptiness

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

January 14, 2008


The final stage of buddha, the experience of buddhahood or total wakefulness, cannot exist without the background of shunyata, or emptiness. You cannot perceive form and you cannot attain enlightenment unless you are able to see that form also contains space. And you cannot attain an ultimate understanding of energy or vibration or musical sound unless you begin to see that music also contains silence. Energy contains action as well as nonaction. Both are levels of energy....In the end, in the final experience of shunyata, of emptiness or openness, form is  a state of basic existence, in which there is no distortion of any kind whatsoever. Basic existence is not influenced by primitive emotions or primitive beliefs. Everything is seen clearly, precisely, right on the point.
From "Fruition," in GLIMPSES OF SHUNYATA, page 57.

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