Archives for category: Sunyata

August 16, 2014 garden 018


Where beauty is, then there is ugliness;
where right is, also there is wrong.

Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent;
delusion and enlightenment condition each other.

Since olden times it has been so.
How could it be otherwise now?

Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other
is merely realizing a scene of stupidity.

Even if you speak of the wonder of it all,
how do you deal with each thing changing?


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014


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