Emptiness - Foreword
If everything is empty, then what ceases in Nirvana and is born in rebirth? Guy Armstrong tackles this question and more in this richly informed, practical guide to emptiness for the meditator.
FOREWORD IN THIS REMARKABLE BOOK, Guy Armstrong guides the reader through the foundational realizations necessary to explore the profound truth of emptiness and the increasingly subtle understandings of its deeper meanings. For thousands of years, different Buddhist schools have highlighted aspects of the path to freedom, each reflecting the liberating insights of its own particular tradition—and from time to time, there have been great masters who have seen what is held in common by many of these schools and woven together paths of practice that integrate elements from each of them. Guy’s eminently practical and deeply investigative work follows in this nonsectarian tradition, weaving together teachings from the Pali Canon, the writings of Chinese and Japanese Zen masters, and the great Tibetan lineage-holders. He does this so skillfully that in the very reading of the book we are led to a more comprehensive understanding of the path and the various skillful means needed for its fruition. What makes this book so user-friendly is its nondogmatic presentation of views. While referencing different points of controversy among the various Buddhist schools, Guy’s approach remains pragmatic: How do these teachings help to liberate the mind? With this wonderfully clear book he invites us to consider and practice different approaches, all of which lead to our own deepening and freeing realization of the nature of awareness and its intrinsic emptiness—and to the manifestation of compassion in our lives. Joseph Goldstein