“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön


Realizing Buddhist ‘Emptiness’ – Zerdan Phunrab

Jul 30, 2023

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Do we really understand the world around us that we encounter and the true nature of reality?

In this talk, Zerdan explains that the highest wisdom teachings in Buddhism center on Emptiness – realizing the nature of reality that we experience.

To understand the place of Emptiness in Buddhist teachings, Zerdan examines the Three Poisons, or obstacles to enlightenment, along with their associated ‘ANTIDOTES’:

  1. Greed (Attachment) – LOVE
  2. Hatred (Anger) – PATIENCE
  3. Delusion (Ignorance) – REALIZING OF EMPTINESS

He goes on to explore the various ways we can explore emptiness to realize it as the foundation for all that we experience.


Zerdan Phunrab is an American Kadampa Buddhist monk. Zerdan has been a practicing Buddhist since 2001 and was ordained in 2007 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He began his ordained life by helping to create a Buddhist temple in Dallas–Fort Worth. Zerdan now lives in Oregon as a vegan minimalist, sharing a warm, gentle heart.