“Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.”
Here we are introduced to the concept of “mutual dependence” or “interdependence” of everything. Some translations use the word “emptiness” in that it is empty of a inherent existence, not the empty void of nihilism.
In essence, everything is dependent on everything else for its illusory existence.
But illusory doesn’t mean there is no point to existence and that we can do whatever we want without consequence (or karma). This is not a nihilistic view or is it an idealist view.
We are in fact bound together with everyone and everything including enlightened beings, all sentient beings, and what we call reality itself in this eternal moment of Now.
On a final note, I find it interesting that science is coming to the same conclusions reached by the Buddha about 2800 years ago regarding the nature of reality, especially in the field of quantum physics and it’s fascinating to watch that unfold before our eyes.
For example, Quantum entanglement of every electron with every other electron is similar in essence to “mutual dependence”.
Recording by Buddhist teacher Robert Thurman on Nagarjuna
May you and I attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings!!!
If you would please share your thoughts or insights on “mutual dependence” also known as “interdependence of all things”.
I look forward to a very interesting discussion!