The last session was the final session in the section on the diamond splinter debates that looked at the causes of arising phenomena. We now move to the next reasoning, which is on the nature of that phenomena.
Here the last two lines of 142 are returned to as Rinpoche goes back over the previous verse that states that within everything that exists, there is a dependent and interdependent aspect. If we examine deeply, using this logic, we gain understanding of interdependence and find its nature is emptiness. The sutras describe eight familiar but ephemeral forms to illustrate emptiness, one being a mirage, another being the morning dew.
Nagarjuna says there is nothing which is not interdependent, that nothing exists on its own, and the following two verses (143-144) continue to investigate causes and conditions to describe emptiness and interdependence. Here the emphasis is on the insubstantiality of an object we hold to be relatively truly existing, noting the eight examples to illustrate its ultimate nature, which is what we call empty.
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