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Buddhadharma : Fall 2018
58 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY If such an accomplished yogi cannot gain freedom from samsara through his meditation, then what kind of meditation do we need to do in order to gain liberation? The answer is given in the next stanza of this sutra: If you analyze the selflessness of phenomena, And if, having analyzed, you meditate upon it, This will cause the result: the attainment of nirvana. There is no peace from any other cause. Only through precisely analyzing the nature of phenomena can we generate the wisdom that sees selflessness, which is the cause of the final result, nirvana. Emptiness cannot be realized without refined logical examination. We must investigate how the subject and its object exist. Realizing emptiness does not mean making the mind empty by letting go of all thoughts. Some people think that every thought is pervaded by the mental affliction of ignorance, and thus having no thoughts at all is the realization of shunyata. Tsongkhapa and Kamalashila strongly attack this interpretation. They say that if emptiness simply means making one’s mind empty so that nothing appears to it, nothing is known, and nothing is grasped, then it is like not having a mind at all. Cultivating a practice that makes the mind dull, as if it were deeply asleep, is not productive. Some animals hibernate during the winter; they sleep without any thoughts arising, and nothing both- ers them for several months. But even though they spend all this time without thinking, they do not realize the truth. Their long sleep does not get rid of their mental afflictions. When they wake up in the spring they are still in samsara. The way to realize emptiness is to develop an understanding of emptiness through analysis and then meditate on what has been understood. In this way the object gradu- ally becomes clearer and clearer until one finally has a direct realiza- tion. In brief, first we must examine in what way things are empty. Once we find the correct view of emptiness, we meditate utilizing that wisdom continuously. That meditation is the cause for attaining the final result, nirvana. Suppose someone asks, “Is there another way to obtain libera- tion without needing to realize emptiness?” In the last line of the preceding stanza, Buddha clearly says, “No, the permanent peace