Namdrol wrote:5heaps wrote:Namdrol wrote:Emptiness cannot be cognized directly. It has no characteristics, no shape, color, form, duration, etc.
only hinayanists have a problem with saying that negatives cant be cognized explicitly..but even they would say it can be cognized directly, where directly is taken to mean free of conceptuality ie. without conceptual consciousness, needing to rely on a mental image. do you understand what i mean by explicit vs implicit?
One cannot cognize that which lacks characteristics. It's impossible.
if by characteristics you mean shape, color, form, duration, etc, then its no problem to cognize it directly. for, just as empty space for example lacks all of these things and it can be cognized direcly without the use of a conceptual consciousness, so too can emptiness