Nothing under the bridge: Learning to love through emptiness


 A person is not earth, nor water,

Not fire, nor wind, nor space.

Neither are they consciousness, nor all of them;

Yet apart from these, what person is there?

-"The Precious Garland of Advice"

Dwelling in a cocoon of ‘my friend,’ ‘my child,’ ‘my enemy,’ we shield ourselves from the truth of emptiness.  Yet becoming intimate with emptiness is the only way to truly realize the interdependency of all things and reach ultimate, unbiased love.

Taking this verse by 2nd century Indian philosopher Nagarjuna as inspiration, we will accept his invitation to look deeply into the freedom within ourselves, and in so doing awaken to the never-expiring luminosity of the world.