Emptiness and Action

In Buddhism, sunyata (emptiness) means ’empty of a separately-existing, permanent self-nature.’  In this sense, all things in the universe, as impermanent and interdependent, are empty.  Emptiness, in this sense, does not mean that nothing exists or that nothing is of value, only that nothing exists permanently and by itself.

If this is so, then how shall we live?  That is, what is the ethical consequence of this metaphysical view?  We can state one formulation of the result in the following way: Love without clinging, practice compassion for the suffering of oneself and others, interact without aversion, take action when needed, and seek knowledge and wisdom without treating our views as absolutely unquestionable.


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