Emptiness: the Natural State of the Mind

The following article is from the Spring, 2012 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

EMPTINESS IS NOT ABOUT SOME THING CALLED EMPTINESS THAT we have to realize, but it is about letting go of everything that prevents us from realizing what the true nature of our mind actually is. The nature of the mind is something extremely simple and extremely close. This is the problem because we do not like simple things. We always like sophisticated things, the more sophisticated the better. That is why we create all our preconceived ideas and reference points, our values and belief systems. Sooner or later we are lost and we do not even know our own mind anymore. The teachings on emptiness (and prajnaparamita as what realizes emptiness) are trying to make us come back to the natural state of our mind, without all the artificial constructs in it. We do not have to make up the nature of the mind or alter it in any way. The only thing to do is to deconstruct, or let go of our constructs, tearing down our mental sand castles and not clinging to them.

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The only thing to do is to deconstruct, or let go of our constructs, tearing down our mental sand castles and not clinging to them.

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