sunyata vs. anatta

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sunyata vs. anatta

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:32 pm

First pardon if the answer to this is obvious, beyond my own smattering of readings I have no formal education in Buddhist studies.

What is the difference between sunyata and anatta? When I read the basic definition of sunyata, it just sounds like anatta being applied to everything.

Are they complimentary terms for the same thing, or is there some nuance I am missing?
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Re: sunyata vs. anatta

Postby Lotus_Bitch » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:07 pm

Many meditators know how to meditate,
But only a few know how to dismantle [mental clinging].
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Re: sunyata vs. anatta

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:30 pm

Not clear exactly on where you are pointing me...though the lower quote stirs something, thank you for that.

Will I progress some on the question if I examine what is an Arhat vs. what is a Bodhisattva?

I should say also I have not read as much Mahayana sutra as the Pali stuff, should I start with Perfection Of Wisdom, and if I read this (or anything else), will it point me in the right direction, or is the question really just splitting hairs anyway?
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Re: sunyata vs. anatta

Postby viniketa » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:31 am

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Re: sunyata vs. anatta

Postby Lotus_Bitch » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:39 am

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But only a few know how to dismantle [mental clinging].
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Re: sunyata vs. anatta

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:12 am

Thanks very much for the help, both of you.
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Re: sunyata vs. anatta

Postby greentara » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:08 am

Is sunyata or anatta correct concepts of the the Buddha's experience of 'enlightenenment, or a blank mind as some schools of the Buddhist religion claim. Could be quite the opposite in fact. For when the ridgepole shatters and the roof falls, then the view of the sky/space is unobstructed. The suchness of the eternal moment, everything, rushes in unencumbered by the central concept of a “me”. One feels everything, sees everything, is everything - not as an experiencer, but as the thing itself.

'Or said another way, without a “me” to get in the way, the entire universe rushes in to fill the gap. Full to overflowing. The cup runneth over.'

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Re: sunyata vs. anatta

Postby ram peswani » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:43 am

Both are absolute Truths.

Suniata also known as Emptiness is the raw material from which
all visible and invisible universes came out.

Anatta also known as "NO SELF" is the goal of hinayana/ therwada path.
Though it is an absolute truth, yet ignorance in every cell of human being
covers that truth. it is a self created shell of ignorance.

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