On the Twenty
Emptinesses

A Commentary on Selected
Verses from Chandrakirti’s
Entrance to the Middle Way

The Venerable Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

spoke about the Twenty Emptinesses on June 22,
1997, at Kagyu Shenpen Ösel Chöling in Seattle.
The following is an edited transcription of that

teaching, which was given in Tibetan and orally translated by Ari Goldfield.

By The Venerable

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

1. EMPTINESS OF THE INNER

Since it has no inherent nature,

The eye is empty of being an eye.

The ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind are the

same way.

They are all described in a similar way. (Chap. 6., v. 181)

They are not stable nor forever lasting,
Nor do they remain for a short time and

decay.

The eye and the rest that are the six

inner ones

Are things that have no essential nature at all. This is what is meant by “emptiness of the

inner.” (182)

These two verses are in accord with the explanation in the third chapter of The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way that the sense faculties are empty of true essence. And they are empty of true essence because they exist neither as one nor as many. So we first gain certainty about that and then we rest the mind in that certainty.

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