Emptiness In Buddhism

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Emptiness in my own words from the Buddhism prospective would be like imagining a person sitting in their secret place in the lotus position meditating with a basket full of issues or stress triggers. As you sit there meditating with your eyes closed, focusing on your breathing and then you would start to empty your mind of each issue found in the basket one by one. You would continue to do this until the basket is empty, until your mind is empty and until your soul is empty. At that moment is when you should reach nirvana. I imaged it being this way because of my Christian experienced, it will be the same process but instead of sitting, you will be on your knees, instead of sitting quietly, you will be praying and talking to God about each…show more content…
Emptiness can be achieved through daily practice until you reach a level of maturity in Buddhism. Also, during this process you remove the thought doubt and shed your “self” ego way of thinking. From my understanding after you receive enlightenment, you break the cycle of constant death and…show more content…
Some refer to it as a mental state and some refer to it as purification process. It would be like combining the emptiness level with wisdom, if I had to explain in my own words.

In comparing and contrasting Theravada, Gelug-pa, and Zen. Theravada is a school with Mahayana Buddhism that teaches the four noble truths and it also includes the eightfold path. Theravadins believe in and worship deities; Theravadins do not believe in the existence of suffering and evil as a theological problem. Theravadins teaching includes karma, good karma and bad karma as an understanding of the Buddhist path and process of purification and perfection. Theravadins objective for their next life is to have a good rebirth as a human or deity.

Gelug-pa is a school of Tibetan Buddhism. Gelug-pa is also called the “Yellow Hat” sect in Tibetan Buddhism. According to the School of the Dalai Lama, The Yellow Hats took control of the central plateau until British and Chinese incursions into Tibet in 19th century. The Gelugpa study of logic and philosophy shamanic experience and became the dominating force in Tibet. The Gelugpa teachings are continued mainly through the lineage of the Dalai Lama and are still alive in many Western countries assuming both religious and secular leadership. Tsong Khapa asserts emptiness of inherent existence
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