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I attached a video to this post.  In the video, my favorite Buddhist, Thich Nhat Hanh, describes his thoughts on emptiness.  It really is a great video to watch, especially for any beginners who might feel a bit confused about what emptiness is exactly.  One of the reasons I love Thich Nhat Hanh is because he has the ability to express a very complex concept, like emptiness, in a very simple fashion.  In this video, he explains why in every piece of paper we should be able to see a cloud and the sunlight, for it is only because of these things that paper exists.  The video really is awesome and can help people to become more mindful human beings in everyday existence.  It helps also to be able to experience ecstacy while doing the laundry.  Like I tell everyone all the time, when I drink a cup of tea, I do not just drink a cup of tea.  I revel in every sip of that tea as if it were my last sip, as if that sip is gracefully lending itself to me.  I know that sip is the drip to my existence.  I am dependent on that sip. 

In this video, Thich Nhat Hanh is not just explaining emptiness as a concept or idea.  Emptiness really is an experience.  As he suggests, the cloud and the sun are in the newspaper, and if we are able to see that when we get the newspaper then we will experience emptiness, or what he also calls interbeing.  When I walk the park, which is almost everyday, I feel every movement of the leaves within me.  I feel the leg motions of the boy riding by on his bike within me.  I feel the squirrels hopping from tree branch to tree branch within me.  Emptiness is a very real experience and an experience I want to show to the world.

I also included a link on this post that depicts in some way the kind of thing I want to do with my research project.   You have to click on the word abstract on the right side of the screen to view the link.  The link is on Buddhist Emptiness and the Christian God.  It compares the Christian concept of God to the Buddhist concept of emptiness.  Of course, I do not just want to compare these ideas, but rather I want to actively engage in discovering whether or not the experience of the Christian God is similar to the Buddhist experience of emptiness, along with other religious experiences.  I have one thing going for me.  I experience emptiness everyday in everything I do, so I think this gives me a headstart.   


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