These articles are written from the tradition of Buddhist Emptiness Teachings. In this teaching, it is shown that all phenomena, including the self, lack the separate and concrete, existence that they appear to have. Through insight and direct seeing, it is realized that all phenomena are mere appearances, illusory-like, without any substantial existence. Instead, what we identify and that appears so truly, is recognized to be utterly interdependent and thus, merely designated by the fabrication of thought.
This is not easy to grasp, but in time, there is the understanding that everything is empty, not non-existent, but empty of a self-essence. It is recognized that nothing has its own nature or being, that there is no self “in here” looking at a world “out there,” no such duality.
With the insight that everything is empty of inherent existence, the desperate and endless grasping onto things in life loses hold. The intense attachment to outcomes loses its weight and there can be peace. For it is seen that ultimately, there is no real loss and gain, no true coming and going. This is the realization of emptiness that brings freedom and that is peace. And as the separate self is seen through, there comes the blossoming of compassion and the chance to live in a truly meaningful way.
I independently teach the philosophy and practice of Buddhism, known as Madhyamaka, The Middle Way, Emptiness Teachings. I am also a practicing psychotherapist. If requested, I can combine Buddhist Emptiness Teachings and therapy, which fit together most compatibly.
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Susan Kahn: Emptiness teachings, Psychotherapist