Appearing and Empty
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Introduction to Appearing and Empty

In the Nālandā tradition, we emphasize the use of reason and logic to foster in our practice.

To do this, we can reflect on the drawbacks of a self-centered mindset, which can lead to us taking offense at minor things, perceiving everything through our own lens, and overlooking the difficulties of those around us, leading to disparities in many areas of life.

When others feel that their wellbeing is not taken into consideration, they become unhappy, and this can have a negative effect on us as well.

Being around those who are unhappy, regardless of whether they are friends, foes, or strangers, can make us feel down as well.

Here is a verse from Śāntideva’s Engaging in the ’ Deeds (BCA 10.55) to remind ourselves to focus on compassion and selflessness instead of being preoccupied with our own needs:

For as long as space endures and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I, too, abide to dispel the misery of the world.


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