I was asked what is the direct insight of emptiness.

I wrote:

The insight is how presence/appearance appears yet never truly exists (i.e. by way of inherent existence), like truly there... instead it's just mere substanceless appearance. Instead of essence, we see dependent origination.

It's an insight into seeing how 'essence' does not apply, not only to background/self but to foreground/presence/phenomena, therefore arising/abiding/ceasing also don't apply.

Because of this, there's no way to locate or pin down anything anywhere, therefore all the where, now, here, there don't apply, as pinning down something as 'there' requires the essence view.

It is not just an experience of all reality as 'dream-like' (this experience can arise by linking what appears to one's radiance) but a direct insight that overturns the wrong view of phenomena as having essence in the same manner as the direct insight into anatta overturns the wrong view of self or consciousness as having essence existing by its own side.
4 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    Wat about 'feeling' or 'energetic' component of existence? For satchitananda(being,consciousness and bliss)....Insight belongs simply to chit(consciousness), but remember,theres oso sat(beingness or energy-feeling)and ananda...

  2. Soh Says:

    You're still talking about the luminous clarity aspect. It begins from Thusness Stage 1. That already is the realization of Sat-Chit-Ananda. The peak of luminous clarity is stage four and five. As Thusness said, non-dual luminosity is blissful, but not liberating. (It is the emptiness insights that liberates)

    What I'm talking about is the empty nature of luminous clarity. That covers from stage 5 and 6. It leads to the taste of Presencing/Appearing as empty and illusory, dream-like and mirage-like, reflections-like. But the experience does not imply the insight, just like the experience of no-mind does not imply the realization of anatta. The realization is more crucial.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Do you forsee yr future earthly life? Wats it gonna be? A married family life? Retire into secluded mountains to strive for Buddhahood in dis very life(instead of let it drag into a few more future lives) ? Bcome some buddhist missionary with large temples and followers? Wats it gonna be?

  4. Soh Says:

    Why are you concerned about my personal life?