Two Emptinesses in Mahayana Buddhism: A Short Class 21 October, 2018 at 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Kuden Paul Boyle

Place: Private Residence.Please email: kuden.zen@gmail.com for the address.

 Teachings on emptiness play an important role in Zen and in Mahayana Buddhism in general. What is less well known is that there are two distinct definitions of emptiness used in Mahayana Buddhism. In the Madhyamika school emptiness is seen as the absence of “inherent existence” while in the Yogacara school emptiness is seen as the absence of the subject-object duality. Far from being abstract philosophical notions, these teachings are meant to be practical tools in the meditator's work toward the liberation from suffering. In this class we will explore the meaning of these two distinct, yet complimentary, definitions and their applicability to practice. We will also examine how these notions of emptiness are expressed in a variety of Zen texts.

The morning segment will run from 10:30am - noon followed by a lunch break. The afternoon segment will start at 2:00pm and run until 3:30pm3