The Relativity of Perception
"The primordial purity of the ground completely transcends words, concepts, and formulations."
-Jamgon Kongtrul, Myriad Worlds, translated and edited by the International Committee of Khunkhyab Choling
The definition of emptiness as “infinite possibility” is a basic description of a very complicated term. A subtler meaning, which might have lost on early translators, implies that whatever arises out of this infinite potential—whether it’s a thought, a word, a planet, or a table—doesn’t truly exist as a “thing” in itself, but is rather the result of numerous causes and conditions. If any of those causes or conditions are changed or removed, a different phenomenon with arise. Like the principles outlined in the second turning of the wheel of Dharma, quantum mechanics tends to describe experience in terms not simply of a single possible chain of events leading to a single result, but rather of probabilities of events and occurrences—which, in an odd way, is closer to the Buddhist understanding of absolute reality, in which a variety of outcomes are theoretically possible.
"Whatever depends on conditions is explained to be empty..."
--Sutra Requested by Madropa, translated by Ari Goldfield