Emptiness & Voidness
by the 12th Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche
I was requested to teach on emptiness and voidness. Actually the words emptiness and voidness are the same, I think. I say that because it is at the discretion of the earlier translators who decided to use the word emptiness instead of voidness for shunyata in Sanskrit and tongpa nyi in Tibetan. Therefore emptiness became the proper translation of shunyata and voidness became something else, but it could have been the other way round.
There are two verses, each with two sentences, from a very sacred text translated from Sanskrit to Tibetan, that describe exactly what emptiness is. The first two sentences say, "There is nothing which is not interdependent." Then the second two sentences say, "Therefore there is nothing which is not emptiness." So everything is interdependent; our mind and our body, our body and our senses, our mind and our thoughts, the outside world and this physical body – everything is interdependent. Other than the interdependent manifestation of everything you cannot find anything.
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