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Sometimes you might think, 'What's the use
of teachings on emptiness? How does this philosophy help me when I have
problems in everyday life?' However, if you can think [about
emptiness], it's the most powerful meditation to shatter the
hallucinations. It's like an atomic bomb. Problems happen in your daily
life because you believe the hallucinations to be real. The most
powerful, immediate way to stop problems is to remember emptiness. You
should especially remember emptiness when you are in situations where
there's a danger of giving rise to strong anger or uncontrolled desire
and creating heavy negative karma and causing great harm to others."
In this small book Lama Zopa Rinpoche covers an incredible amount of
ground. He starts by emphasizing the importance of compassion and
universal responsibility and how to make life meaningful, then gives a
brief explanation of the nature of the enlightened mind and how we can
attain it, and finally offers an amazing and extensive explanation of
emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality, analyzing the way various
phenomena exist and teaching how to meditate on emptiness. Within these
teachings, Rinpoche also touches on several of the other main points of
the path to enlightenment, such as bodhicitta, the three scopes and
impermanence. But, in the end, this wonderfully practical book is a
manifestation of Rinpoche's peerless wisdom realizing emptiness and a
testament to the personal experience of this rare and precious teacher.
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