posted on Feb, 28 2012 @ 05:36 PM
Emptiness means that things are empty of self nature. If you assert that there is such a thing as a cup, you are wrong because upon examination the
cup is shown to not be made up of "cup particles" that have some kind of absolute existence, but rather the cup is shown to be a compounded entity
that is all subject to change, death and decay. Therefore, its essential nature is emptiness, which means that there is nothing absolute called a cup.
On the other hand if you assert the Nihilist view you are also wrong, because then you are acting as though the cup is not there even relatively
speaking. Relatively speaking there is a conditioned thing called a cup, absolutely speaking its empty of self nature. If you assert emptiness as an
absolute entity, you have fallen into Nihilism. Neither view, Nihilism nor Eternalism (Absolutism) are Buddhism or Zen. Hence, the Middle Way.