Understanding Emptiness: The Key for Transforming Your World (2013, Arizona, Geshe Michael Roach)

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The two most important ideas in all of Buddhism are called karma and emptiness. Oftentimes it's difficult to get a clear explanation of what these ideas mean, and even more difficult to get an explanation of how to apply these ideas to your actual life. If you really understand how to use this knowledge, then you can change everything about your self, your life, and the world around you. Gaining that understanding is at the heart of everything Geshe Michael teaches, and the very foundation of all the courses here on this website.

In this short video clip, Geshe Michael Roach explains these difficult philosophical ideas simply, practically, and in plain English. Don't be fooled by this simplicity though, while it seems like an almost child-like example it's an extremely profound window for you to see, perhaps for the first time, where the world around you is really coming from. And then you can use what you’ve learned to begin to create the life you’ve always dreamed of.


This video was excerpted from a Diamond Cutter Institute event in Pheonix, Arizona. If you would like more information or to register for one of DCI's upcoming events please visit the DCI website.

Additional Resources to Further Your Study

At the end of this video Geshe Michael explains a technique for intentionally creating your future called The Four Steps. If you would like to learn more about that technique the following resource is available to you on The Knowledge Base Website:

The Four Steps to Make a Karmic Seed More Powerful (2012, Moscow, Geshe Michael Roach)


Geshe Michael RoachGeshe Michael Roach
Geshe Michael Roach (born December 17, 1952) is the first American to have been awarded the degree of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism, after more than 20 years of study in Tibetan monasteries. He has used this training to become a prominent international teacher, businessman, philanthropist, author, educator, public speaker, textual scholar, and musician. Geshe Michael graduated with honors from Princeton University and has received the Presidential Scholar Medal from the President of the United States at the White House.

In 1981 he helped found Andin International Diamond Corporation and bring it to annual sales of over $100 million, donating his profits to international aid projects. His book about achieving business and personal success through generosity, The Diamond Cutter, has become a global bestseller in 20 languages. He is the founder of the Asian Classics Institute, Diamond Mountain University, the Asian Classics Input Project, Worldview, the Yoga Studies Institute, Star in the East, Global Family Refugee Aid, Three Jewels Community Outreach Centers, and the Diamond Cutter Institute.

Collections: All, Buddhism, Video

Category: Emptiness, Karma, Video

Type: Buddhism

Teacher: Geshe Michael Roach


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