I haven’t really been motivated to venture outside the Kopan grounds, although I did wander down to the Nunnery yesterday – that was a tiresome & hot trip. Instead, I’ve buried myself in meditation & reading Dharma books. So mostly my days so far (last 4) have consisted of sleeping (sometimes 10-12 hours a day), eating, reading, meditation & a little social discourse.
One of the Buddhist concepts I’m struggling with is the concept of emptiness. So, I grabbed the ‘Essence of the Heart Sutra’ book by HH Dalai Lama seeking a simpler explanation. Well, he did do a great job in outlining the concept, but my head’s still spinning. I mean, how do you get your mind around this:
“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form; emptiness is not other than form, form too is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, & consciousness are all empty…all phenomena are emptiness; they are without defining characteristics; they are not born, they do not cease; they are not defiled, they are not undefiled; they are not deficient, & they are not complete…”
If sometime can explain this to me, I would be most grateful. I picked up another book from the library, also by HH Dalai Lama, called ‘The Universe in a Single Atom’. Fascinated by quantum physics, I can more clearly see a link between emptiness & the interconnectivity & interdependence of all things, as espoused by this scientifc theory. So, I’m starting to get it, very slowly – more contemplation required.