Nebulosity vs. Pattern
“Emptiness” is a crucial concept in all Buddhisms. In Theravada Buddhism Emptiness is a cultivated insight, in Mahayana Buddhism it the fuel of meditation. Emptiness is contrasted with “Form”. Above are qualities associated with both of these perspectives as delineated by the Aro tradition– A Vajrayāna sect. I find these qualities useful to aid my understanding of the use of the terms.
Emptiness carries many undesirable connotations in English so that David Chapman has offered “Nebulosity” as a translation, which I enjoy. He then describes “Form” as “Pattern”.
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