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Grasping the Ungraspable

posted Mar 10, 2012, 9:57 AM by Five Stones   [ updated Mar 10, 2012, 10:06 AM ]
Next Monday, the 12th, Gary will lead and present a short dharma talk concerning emptiness and interbeing.  There will be our usual meditation practices and time for dharma discussion.  5:30 Mystic Mountain Meditation room in the rear.  

"Thich Nhat Hanh tells us:  'Emptiness is the ground of everything.  Thanks to emptiness, everything is possible. Emptiness is quite an optimistic concept.  If I am not empty, I cannot be here.  If you are not empty, you cannot be there.  Because you are there, I can be here.  That is the true meaning of emptiness.'  

So, why is it that we try to grasp the ungraspable? The ungraspable is empty, and one of the first Buddhist teachers in the U.S. gives three different views from the Prajnaparamita (Heart) Sutra about why there is no need to grasp the ungraspable."