Emptiness: A Practical Course for Meditators
The teachings on emptiness—a theme central to all Buddhist schools—point to a series of understandings and practices that lead to deep insight and a radical experience of liberation.
This eight-lesson, self-paced course with renowned insight meditation teacher Guy Armstrong explores the teachings on emptiness and their application in our lives in a way that makes them practical and accessible.
The course content is based on Guy’s book, Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators.
Guy Armstrong has been a leading figure and beloved teacher of insight meditation for decades. He makes difficult Buddhist topics easy to understand, weaving together Theravada and Mahayana teachings on emptiness to show how we can liberate our minds and manifest compassion in our lives.
It may seem odd for emptiness to serve as the central philosophy of a major religion. In fact, emptiness points to something quite different than “nothingness” or “vacancy.” And by developing a richer understanding of this complex topic, we can experience freedom as we live consciously in the world. In this course, you’ll look at emptiness as it affects your understanding of self, phenomena, awareness, and meditation.
What You’ll Learn
• Why the Buddha considered the belief in self to be a primary cause of our suffering
• How the sense of a self is created over and over through our own mental activities
• How meditation on emptiness can slow or stop this activity of “selfing”
• How volition, action, personality, and karma can all be seen to lack a self
• How our experiences of the world can all be seen to be insubstantial and ungraspable
• Why awareness and emptiness are closely related, and how to use this in meditation
• Why it is said that compassion comes out of emptiness
• And much more!
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“Guy’s approach is pragmatic: How do these teachings help to liberate the mind? He invites us toward the deepening and freeing realization of the nature of awareness and its intrinsic emptiness—and to the manifestation of compassion in our lives.”
—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness
“Marvelous…the book and teaching were brilliant.”
“The course was absolutely terrific in terms of teaching, content, organization, everything. It has been so helpful to my practice; I can’t tell you how much.”