The Buddha’s Temple of Emptiness by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Agra, Earliest Buddha Temple

The Buddha once said concerning himself: ‘The Tathagata dwells in the Temple of Emptiness.’ This ‘temple’ is a spiritual temple, not a physical one. ‘Temple’ refers to a spiritual dwelling place, that is, a state of mind. The Temple of Emptiness is an ever-present mental state devoid of any idea of ‘self’ or ‘belonging to self’. This is what is called the ‘Temple of Emptiness’.

The Buddha dwelt in the ‘Temple of Emptiness’, experiencing supreme bliss every day. This is what the Master said of himself.  ‘To dwell in the Temple of Emptiness is to live in full awareness that all things are devoid of selfhood.’ 

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

 

The Buddha’s The Temple of Emptiness by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu published in the June 1989 edition of Buddhism Now.


Photo: Agra, Earliest Buddha Temple (photographer unknown 1860s–70s)

Inscribed in pencil on print, verso LL: “190”; inscribed in pencil on mount, recto LC: “Earliest Buddha Temple, Agra”.

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Categories: Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Buddhism, Foundations of Buddhism, Theravada

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2 replies

  1. I believe it is also important not to get caught up with thinking about emptiness.

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