Shantideva continues to debate the doctrine of emptiness. The previous verses revoked using spontaneous arising and a lack of permanence as a philosophical stance to justify a selfish attitude with no thought for others. In these next verses we are presented with the theistic view, held by Abrahamic religions, that emptiness is a permanent unchanging state that has been created by an Omniscient unchanging God. Again, these two arguments: of an impermanent cause and a permanent cause, are challenged and quashed by using the diamond splitter argument in a rigorous appraisal of causal potential and possibilities arising because of certain conditions.
Rinpoche reads from a commentary by Khenpo Kunpal to explain that phenomena arise out of a meeting of dynamic causes and conditions––the five elements–– and are not the result of a single external creator.
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