“Silence is really everywhere. If you go to the noisiest place in the world there is an undercurrent of silence and the noise just sits on top of it. That’s emptiness. We are something that has grown out of emptiness. We are the manifestation of essential emptiness.” - Brad Warner
In a two part series, Brad tackles the shortest and most bedeviling text in Zen - The Heart Sutra. In part 1 he takes us through the text itself with historical background and an examination of the terms, phrases, and concepts. In part 2 he reads Dogen’s commentary on the text and goes into the practical implications for practice, including how do we practice with emptiness, what does it mean to let “every moment be your teacher,” what is God in a philosophy of emptiness, and how come no matter where else we go with our experience we always end up back here?