EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay by Susan Kahn is about how to realize the self as empty by realizing that time is empty. Susan challenges the notion that there is a transcendent realm of timelessness, and she argues that such a notion contributes to a sense that we exist as a separate, independent entity. So often, we think of ourselves or the past as somehow frozen beyond time.
This kind of conception helps keep the sense of the inherent existence of the self alive. It closes us off from the wonderful dynamism and creativity in life. But if we see how time is empty (and Susan shows this in several unexpected ways) we can more easily realize that the self is empty. See more of Susan’s writings on herEmptiness Teachings website.