Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree - Table of Contents

The Buddha’s Teachings on Voidness

Clear and simple teachings on voidness and living an ethical life.



184 pages, 6x9 inches


ISBN 9781614291527

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Foreword by Donald Swearer
Foreword by Jack Kornfield
Editor’s Note on the Meaning and Translation of Suññatā
The Bodhi Tree

Part I: The Heart of Buddhism

1 Fundamental Principles

The Quenching of Dukkha
A Single Handful

2 The Spiritual Doctor

Spiritual Disease
“I” and “Mine”
Ego, Egoism, and Selfishness
Nothing Whatsoever Should Be Clung To as “I” or “Mine”
Greed, Hatred, and Delusion

3 Voidness, or Suññatā

All Virtue in Voidness
A Mind Undisturbed

Part II: All About Voidness

4 All Teachings, All Practices

The Meaning of Suññatā
Nothing Whatsoever Should Be Clung To as “I” or “Mine”
All Practices in One

5 Not Clinging to Any Thing

All Nature Is Suññatā
Ignorance of Suññatā
Goodness and Grasping
Burning Dhammas

6 Void of “I” and “Mine”

Mind Is Suññatā
Suññatā for Laypeople
Void of Suffering

7 Elements of Suññatā

The Voidness Element
Beyond All Elements

8 Knowing Suññatā

Really Knowing
Two Kinds of Suññatā
Remainderless Quenching
The Meaning of Birth

9 Levels of Suññatā

Unsurpassable Suññata
Steps of Suññatā
In Touch with Suññata
Liberated into Voidness
Voiding Kamma
Yoga of Voidness
Search for the Pearl

Part III: Practicing with Voidness

10 Contemplating Dependent Co-origination

Dependent Co-arising
Two Methods
Just Experiencing
Living Rightly
Spiritual Birth

11 Sensory Illusions

Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness, and Not-Self
Pleasant Feelings

12 Practicing at “Ordinary Times”

Not Worth Having
Doer-less Doing
Not Worth Being
Fooled Again
Being Happy
Birth and Death

13 Practicing at the Moment of Contact and the Moment of Death

The Last Chance
The Art of Leaping
Ready for Death

14 Deliverance

Watch Yourself
The Best of Health

Glossary of Pali Terms
Buddhadāsa Will Never Die
About the Author
Other Books by the Author