Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa: How Does the Self Appear

In order to understand emptiness we need to begin by analyzing how the sense of self appears to us in daily life. Khensur Rinpoche gave a few examples of how we typically describe finding our self:

  • as something solid inside of us like a stick
  • as something in the core of our being like at the heart
  • as the body itself
  • as a kind of darkness inside
  • as a space-like expanse

The Buddha taught that although the self might appear to exist in these ways, it does not.

Mahamudra Commentary Retreat, NYC, August 14, 2012

Translator: Art Engle


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