The New Kadampa Tradition is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist meditation centers that follow the Kadampa Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The idea of sunyata (Pali sunnata) or emptiness has been variously understood—and misunderstood—for centuries.
Joan Konner's recent book, "You Don't Have to Be Buddhist to Know Nothing," gathers together the thoughts of philosophers, poets, and pundits, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, on nothing, emptiness, sunyata. Some examples:
"The nothing is the force whereby the something can be manifested." - Alan Watts
"Poetry makes nothing happen." - W.H. Auden
"Nothing is exciting, nothing is sexy, nothing is not embarrassing." - Andy Warhol
Below you'll find a small collection drawn from the many articles Tricycle has published about emptiness over the years. We hope they help you find a moment of quiet, an empty pause, in the middle of your busy day.
- The Heart Sutra, translations and commentary
- Into Emptiness by Norman Fischer
- Washing Out Emptiness by Sallie Tisdale
- Nagarjuna's Verses from the Center by Stephen Batchelor
- A Glob of Tar by Upasika Kee Nanayon
- Hearing: A Door to Liberation by William Bodri and Lee Shu-Mei
- The Erotic Life of Emptiness by John Tarrant
- The Dharma of Deconstruction by David Loy
- A Visible Illusion: The Truth About Money by Jose Reissig
- What Do Buddhists Mean When They Talk About Emptiness? by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
- Much Ado about Nothingness by John House