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Do you want to be a Buddha?

Both Gorampa and Mipam’s understanding of the two truths conclude with the zombie Buddha. Arguing that Tsongkhapa is a nihilist because he and his followers are grasping at the idea of nonexistence, Gorampa claims that when someone is enlightened they … Continue reading

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So, everything is empty? What now?

The Madhyamika school of Buddhism argues that emptiness is at the core of Buddhism. Focusing on dependent origination, Nagarjuna argues that there is no essence, which he defines as something permanent and intrinsic. The idea that everything is empty, while … Continue reading

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The Value of Suffering

Growing up I was told many times that I should passionately savor life with all its joys and pains, and that in fact it was both the joy and pain together that made life beautiful and meaningful. The key is … Continue reading

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