Vast emptiness and dana paramita PDF Print E-mail
Written by Edward Larson   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:35




I ran across this fantastic cartoon a few weeks ago, though I don't know the author by Randall Munroe. It quite aptly sums up a fair amount of Buddhist attitude towards life, interdependence, emptiness, and the natural, spontaneous giving that arises as a result of realization. When one understands deeply how temporary and fragile forms are, that they all arise from the same shared source and are empty of any permanent independent nature, we naturally and without any artifice, wish to do all we can to help others. This desire to give arises as a quiet and uncomplicated joy.


"Blind contour drawing" of a skeleton drawn without looking at my paper

India ink on paper, 18'x24', 2007


"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared."


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 17:05


0 #2 2009-11-24 17:07
Thanks for the info, I found the cartoon here but did not notice the link to xkcd on Hemant's site. I have updated the post.
0 #1 2009-11-24 15:57
The author in question of the cartoon is Randall Munroe of

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