Destroying Self-Grasping (Thubten Chodron)

Realizing something is empty doesn’t mean we destroy something about that object and create emptiness in its place. Rather, emptiness is the lack of something that never existed to start with. When we meditate on emptiness, we don’t destroy inherent existence, because that never existed. We’re destroying the concept that grasps at inherent existence, what we call self-grasping ignorance.

— Thubten Chodron, from Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig

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