Why Emptiness and Form
The words from the Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra have been sufficiently meaningful to me that I named my blog after it.
Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness;
emptiness does not differ from form.
That which is form is emptiness;
that which is emptiness, form.
The same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses,
Emptiness does not differ from form, the physical self. Emptiness also does not differ from feelings, perceptions, impulses and consciousness, the creations of our mind.
If we had the benefit of a longer time scale, we would be able to see the cumulative effect of changes taking place in a physical object. For example, even a rock changes over a million years. Similarly, we cannot stop the changing thoughts and feelings going through our minds.
Once we get beyond the names and labels we apply to objects, thoughts, feelings, actions, and even consciousness, we realize that these possess an intrinsic quality that is insubstantial yet real, common and interconnected with everything, and is permanent, unchanging and formless. We suffer when we cling to labels, resist change and loss, and lose sight of of this underlying interconnectedness and permanence of all things.
Losing sight of relationship between emptiness and form, is like forgetting that we have a set of glasses on our face. The glasses are always there. We don’t have to put them on to see through them. We practice deeply to realize that we are wearing these glasses, so we don’t forget that we have them. But there is nothing to attain, since these glasses are always there, and anything we see can only be seen through these glasses.
Practice deeply with nothing to attain.