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  FAQ: Emptiness

Below are video excerpts from Question and Answer sessions with Lama Marut.

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  QUESTION: "Is the understanding of emptiness the direct perception of everything, or is the direct perception of emptiness emptiness itself?"

 

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  QUESTION: "Is form the basis of emptiness or is emptiness the basis of form?"

 

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  QUESTION: "Is there any 'hands-on' way to begin grasping the notion of emptiness? ... Something involving play dough?!"

 

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QUESTION: "In these times of security cameras everywhere, wouldn't the cup still be on the table...?"

NOTE: When Lama Marut teaches emptiness, he asks the audience if the cup that we see on the table, would still be on the table if we left the room. This is to try and demonstrate the essentially existing cup that we think exists apart from our perception of the cup. In other words, an "invisible visible object." This question is refers to that exercise.

 

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QUESTION: "You give the example of the New World being non-existent for Europeans until they discovered it. But since the Native Americans were here, wasn't it in some sense here waiting for the Europeans even though they didn't know it?"

NOTE: In Lama Marut's teachings on a central tenant of emptiness, "things do not exist for us until they are known," he uses the example of how the New World literally did not exist for rEuropeans until they discovered it. This question refers to that teaching.

 

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QUESTION: "What if your dog was walking in the woods and a tree falls and hurts the dog, the dog comes home and takes you back to the fallen tree... valid or invalid perception?"

 

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QUESTION: "It is somewhat easy to see how objects are projections, but what about people? How can we be projecting others?"

 

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QUESTION: "Would you say that in Buddhism, silence is behind sound?"

 

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QUESTION: "Do you think, therefore you think you think?"

 

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QUESTION: "If a coffee mug changes three trillion times a second, how many times does a human being change per second?"

 

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QUESTION: "If we create what our mind perceives, projects etc with our own mind, what about mind-readers and psychics, aren't they reading your mind... ?"

 

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QUESTION: "Our world appears to be made up of halves that go together but are separate... why is this? And if it is the nature of this world that all things are equal and opposite, is there an opposite to emptiness?"

 

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QUESTION: "Taking the perspective that "one or many" happens as a mental process, surely there is a basis for the imputation 'out there'?"

NOTE: This question refers to a traditional emptiness meditation where you analyse that if an object had a self-nature it would have to be either one thing or many things from its own side.

 


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