The instructions are:
1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
The nearest shelf to my computer has a collection of Buddhist and Jewish texts that are all at arms' length. The biggest one, and the one directly to my left, was Jeffrey Hopkins' gigantic tome, Meditation on Emptiness. Hilariously, page 123 of this 1,017-page book ends after three sentences.
Directly next to it is The Emptiness of Emptiness, C.W. Huntington, Jr.'s introduction to the early Indian Madhyamika philosophy. Here are the meme-required sentences:
It is an axiomatic principle of Candrakirti's text, and of all Madhyamika philosophy, that through immediate and uninterrupted awareness of the emptiness or "suchness" of everyday experience the bodhisattva finds liberation from suffering now -- in this life and in this world. The bodhisattva is a being who has awakened to the emptiness of all things, and what is called the thought of awakening is the growing non-inferential awareness of this profound dimension of freedom hidden in the inescapable web of our natural interpretations and associated observational languages. A bodhisattva recognizes that the objects and beings populating the world, and the concepts and percepts [my note: it is percepts, not "precepts"] through which they and all possible experience take shape, do not possess self-contained meaning or structure, and that everyday life is simply the totality of relations obtaining between these empty dichotomies.
I'm now supposed to tag five people. Not sure if there are five bloggers who stop by regularly, but here goes:
- Charles Martin
- Alison Bolen
- Avi Unger, founder of Jews By Choice
- Seth Chalmer
- Leah of Accidentally Jewish