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Final Exam Essays REL 320: Dr. Amelia Hall 04/20/2018 Question 1 Emptiness, no-self and buddhanature are taught to loosen all attachments to views, stories and assumptions, leaving the mind empty of all greed, anger, and delusion. This means that they are now empty of suffering of stress, anxiety, frustration and un-satisfactoriness. Realizing emptiness is a vital step on the path to reaching nirvana or enlightenment. When you think of the word “emptiness” you think of it as nothing. An empty cup has nothing inside. The feeling of “emptiness” meaning you feel purposeless, sad, or depressed. However in Buddhism “emptiness” has a different meaning. Emptiness in Buddhism teaches the independence of things and the idea of no independent origination. This means that the present state of things is the result of a previous state. Emptiness in Buddhism also teaches about impermanence. This means that everything is always in a state of change. This means that everything, including yourself, is ever changing. After you accept these concepts, you can be free of attachments and reach a true state of emptiness.
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  • Fall '16
  • Guy Newland
  • Buddhism, Noble Eightfold Path, Eightfold Path, emptiness, noble truth states

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