The pinnacle of Buddhism's understanding of reality is the emptiness of all things. Exploring reality towards the realization of emptiness is shockingly radical. It uncovers an exhilarating freedom with nowhere to stand, while engendering a loving joy that engages the world.
This path-breaking book employs the emptiness teachings in a fresh, innovative way. Goode and Sander don’t rely solely on historical models and meditations. Instead, they have created over eighty original meditations on the emptiness of the self, issues in everyday life, and spiritual paths. These meditations are guided both by Buddhist insights and cutting-edge Western tools of inquiry, such as positive psychology, neuroscience, linguistic philosophy, deconstruction, and skepticism.
The result is a set of liberating and usable tools for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
The Buddha taught that it’s impossible to gain any sustainable experience of liberation without a full realization of śūnyatā or “emptiness.” On the one hand, śūnyatā is a very profound dimension of reality—the key to the supremely joyful state of complete freedom. Yet on the other, it is simply the uncontrived way things are, free from labels and reification. It is part of the natural state of everything. Sander and Goode explore the living spirit and liberating potential of these teachings, making them accessible and relevant to modern readers.
—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind
… at once both intelligent and thoroughly accessible. This is a wise and compassionate book, a good read for anyone interested in exploring the profound teachings on Emptiness.
—C.W. Huntington, author of The Emptiness of Emptiness
… the authors make it clear throughout that insight into emptiness is not some dry and completely removed state of indifference, a kind of dull nihilism, or sheer cynicism. Rather, they point out, a living experience of emptiness is intrinsically embedded in the warmth of great compassion and the playfulness of a joyous mind.
—Karl Brunnhölzl, author of The Center of The Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition, and The Heart Attack Sutra: A New Commentary on The Heart Sutra
Greg Goode is a long-time student of Advaita-Vedanta, Buddhism and the Direct Path. He is the author of many articles on these topics, as well as the books entitled Nondualism in Western Philosophy, Standing as Awareness, and The Direct Path: A User Guide. Greg holds a doctorate in philosophy, and serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Practical Philosophy: Journal of the American Practical Philosophers Association.
Tomas Sander is a spiritual practitioner and teacher in New York. He has studied in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and his approach is also influenced by the insights of positive psychology. Tomas grew up in Germany, holds a doctorate in mathematics and works as a research scientist at a computer company. He has published articles in the areas of mathematics, computer science and positive psychology.