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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dalai Lama Quote

17, 2012


The doctrines of emptiness and selflessness do not imply the non-existence of
things. Things do exist. When we say that all phenomena are void of
self-existence, it does not mean that we are advocating non-existence, that we
are repudiating that things exist. Then what is it we are negating? We are
negating, or denying, that anything exists from its own side without
depending on other things. Hence, it is because things depend for their
existence upon other causes and conditions that they are said to lack
independent self-existence.