October 1, 2010 032



is that incommensurable element of metaphysical reality

which, in contrast to its phenomenal or formal elements,

can only be circumscribed as

“emptiness from all conceptual designations,”

similar to “space”

which includes and contains all things and movements

and is at the same time contained in them.


Sunyata is, so to say,

the spiritual space

whose emptiness

(this is the literal explanation of Sunyata)

makes possible

the wealth of forms and activities

and the freedom which exists prior to any law

(“at the first step we are free,

at the second we are slaves”),

the purity and liberty of action of the Origin.


Lama Anagarika Govinda


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014