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Sunyata Essay

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Sunyata, Anatta, Void, Emptiness

Buddhist philosophy

The terms Sunyata (or Shunyata), void and emptiness are synonyms in Buddhist philosophy. They are ways of expressing the sense that all we see, feel and observe is relative, in fact non-essential and not self-sustaining. This insight from the philosopher Nagarjuna is called prajna paramita .To find the essential, that is the challenge that Buddhism offers us.

  • Best Books on Emptiness
  • Common questions on emptiness, no-self, the meaning of life and leaving cyclic existence
  • The Three Characteristics of Existence
  • Emptiness and Existence, the Dalai Lama
  • The four Buddhist Schools of Philosophy (through the eyes of Tbetan Buddhism)
  • Dromtonpa's Outline of the Path. Voidness is discussed, as well as compassion.
  • Dispassion: emptiness discussed in the Samyutta Nikaya
  • Heart Sutra (standard text on void,emptiness and Sunyata)
  • Voidness en illusion. The doctrine of emptiness, Sunyata or voidness put in relation to the theosophy of H.P. Blavatsky.
  • Life's Impermanence, by Kunkyen Longchen Rabjam. 
  • Gain and Loss, Knowledge and Action, Good and Evil, Concern doesn't bring wisdom, Tsai Chih Chung, Brian Bruya
  • Tsong Kapa's Medium Length Transcendent Insight. Tsong Kapa is one of the major writers from Tibetan Buddhism. He is said to have single handedly transformed the Tibetan Buddhist landscape. This long essay is quite difficult to understand, but once on gets used to the terminology it offers a depth of insight into the concepts of Sunyata and the way to attain insight into it. 
  • Atman in Sunyata and the Sunyata of Atman, An attempt to reconcile the alleged difference between Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta on the nature of the Self, by Bijoy H. Boruah
  • Theosophical quotes on nirvana

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