Broad View, Boundless Heart

Broad View, Boundless Heart by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro. The Theravada tradition works with three characteristics of existence — anicca, dukkha, anatta (impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, selflessness).These are “chapter-one, page-one” Buddhism. But the Theravadans also talk about three other characteristics of existence, at a more refined level: suññata, tathata, and atammayata. Suññata is emptiness, which is talked about a lot. That expression, suññata, derives from saying “NO” to the phenomenal world. It’s like saying, “I’m not going to believe in this. This is not entirely real.” Tathata means suchness. It has a very similar quality to suññata but derives from a “YES.” There is nothing, yet there is something. The quality of suchness is like the texture of Ultimate Reality. Suññata and tathata —emptiness and suchness—the Teachings talk in those ways. But this other quality, atammayata, is little known, but is here explained in detail. Download the free pdf ebook here:

Broad View Boundless Heart