Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The central Buddhist concept of emptiness or voidness

"In essence, Vimalakīrti clears up the confusions surrounding the central Buddhist concept of emptiness, or voidness--presenting it not as nihilism but rather, in the translator's words, "as the joyous and compassionate commitment to living beings born from an unwavering confrontation with the inconceivable profundity of ultimate reality."

-Robert Thurman (translator), The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti: A Mahāyāna Scripture (First published in 1976).