Lazy_eye wrote:It seems to me though that if we are not at a certain stage of realization, we have to approach "emptiness" conceptually, at least so we can know what it is not. Though understanding via concept and definition are not finally prajna, we still may need them as signposts.
There's a difference between understanding emptiness and realizing emptiness. The former by nature implies concept and even the idea of self. (There has to be someone who "stands under" it).
Concept, though, necessarily involves distance -- to conceive of something means you are regarding it (from outside). So it follows that a person who "conceives" emptiness cannot be realizing it fully.
Not meaning to be pushy, but might anyone here have a take on my question above?Can we posit emptiness simply as a subtractive process -- i.e. as the result of abandoning all wrong views?
Emptiness is the abandoning of wrong views itself.
But there are only two wrong views i.e. "is" and "is not".