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When the secret of emptiness is revealed,
though empty, it is the unsurpassed,
devoid of every contingent stain,
and free from every deception.
                          --Karma Trinley

This was something that tripped me up for a long time. The constant refrain in Buddhism about emptiness, nirvana, the void can sound bleak. As a younger seeker I had a love-hate relationship with the teachings of Buddhism. There was clearly something uplifting, insightful, and compassionate there, an expression of profound truth. But it could also sound rather depressing.

It took my own sense of opening to finally see beyond my own mental block and recognize that that “emptiness” is actually filled with life and delight amidst vast spaciousness. It is not empty as in a suffocating vacuum, but rather it is free from the idea of separate and distinct things and beings. Within this blissful nondual space of being, there is only a living wholeness and, therefore, nothing (no objectified thing) exist there. It is empty, yet it is the unsurpassed.
                              --Ivan M. Granger
Poetry Chaikhana Blog

Above is a fragment of a longer poem, "A Song on the View of Voidness." by a late 15th/early 16th Century Tibetan Buddist monk, followed by a piece of the commentery that appeared in the Poetry Chaikhana Blog a few months ago.  There is nothing i could possibly(?) add to it.

Love, peace, joy ... and Emptiness to all.

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everville340
Sep. 8th, 2018 02:30 pm (UTC)
I too had a bit of a struggle with Buddhism through my younger days. It wasn't until I stopped trying to apply the logic of my mind that I was able to begin appreciating it more. I love the Granger sentence It is empty, yet it is the unsurpassed.
bobby1933
Sep. 8th, 2018 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, i've heard it said that no one ever thought his way into heaven, That is probably true of Nirvana as well.
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