Bodhidharma’s Emptiness

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 02/29/2020

From the Book of Serenity, Case 2

Shugen Roshi offers this discourse on the original Zen teachings of Bodhidharma who, when meeting with Emperor Wu in ancient China, upheld the fundamental meaning of the Holy Truth: the emptiness of any intrinsic existence. Focusing on the nature of emptiness and how we can understand these very profound teachings, Roshi explores the importance of emptiness in putting an end to suffering, and our very real capacity as human beings to do this. In practice and study of emptiness and form we are expressing what it is to be alive and to be free within our sentient bodies and minds, practicing liberation and sharing that with all beings.

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