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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Dull witted pseudo-intellectuals...

Dull witted pseudo-intellectuals

and cruel elitists

have muddied the waters

of the Buddha’s wisdom teachings.

They have done so


and to the great confusion of others

tender of heart

and sincere in their enthusiasm.

For there is nothing

mysterious nor occult

about Buddhist emptiness;

especially when viewed

through the lens

of figurative speech:


and easily misunderstood

yet profound

in its potential

to speak to the deepest corners

of our minds.

For emptiness,

or voidness,

or openness,

or expansiveness,

or Shunyata

(if you prefer Sanskrit),

is merely a metaphor

communicating NON-graspability.

And like most metaphors

it is best decoded

by viewing it through the lens

of simile.

As we notice our body

during our inhalation

(spontaneous and uncontrived)

it could SEEM:


and independent,

and rather tangible.


as we physically relax

into our exhalation

this self-same body

could now FEEL:

less permanent,

and less separate,

and less tangible.

This body could feel

as NON-graspable

as a vast, empty void

like the infinite azure sky

on a bright and beautiful

cloudless morn.


my friends,

is NOT an intellectual object

to be opined in treatise

but a visceral sensation


when we notice

(in sync with our inhalation)

and relax

(in harmony with our exhalation)

five minutes every morning

and five minutes every evening.

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with a simple

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