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I would really like to research the concept of emptiness in Buddhism, which seems to be characterized by an absence of dualisms.  I want to get at the root of what it means to experience everything as empty and impermanent, and yet also continuously live as mindful human being, as the Dali Lama seems to do.  I would also like to further research other religions in order to observe whether or not there are any other rituals, like meditation in Buddhism, that share a relationship to the experience of emptiness.  I am planning on trying to interview some religious leaders like a zen monk, a reverend, a minister, a rabbi, maybe even a scientist, etc.  I am going, if permitted, to video record the interviews and turn them in as part of my research project.  If necessary, I may even decide to interview someone through email online.  The second half of my project will be analyzing the responses to the interviews and describing how these different rituals or experiences in different religions come together as one experience, emptiness.  I meditate on a daily basis and feel the trees blowing rhythms reform the outline of my body to a microscopic giant.  I like to feel the movement of the leaves within my fingertips.  Interconnection stretches, walks, and leaps with me.  It makes it possible for me to be alone in the center of a desolate cornfield and at the same time have a conversation in class about this weeks readings.  In fact, I once wrote these words during moments of meditation:

The leaves in my chest,

are the blowing rhythms

of my nothingness.

and I wrote:

As I observe a bird in flight,

and a still tree in motion

I know that I am also,

within the stillness of flight.

Emptiness, for me, is an everyday experience.  But I do not just want to know it through my eyes.  I want to know it through the eyes of others.  I want to experience it as all the other things it is other than emptiness.  What is it really?  This is what I want to find out.

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