Reference: Mindfulness Approach and Disturbance Theory


The Heart Sutra in Buddhism defines the mark of EMPTINESS as no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement no Purity, no Increasing no Decreasing.  In other words, in emptiness there is complete absence of any phenomena.

The viewpoint of emptiness is without any filters. There are no preconceived notions, no fixed ideas, no bias, etc. The viewpoint of emptiness is totally fresh. It is completely clean.

From a scientific viewpoint, this is the ultimate reference point from which all phenomena is perceived objectively. This is like the zero of a scale from which all values on that scale are measured.

In the absence of a reference point everything devolves into confusion. So usually one assumes a reference point just to avoid the immediate confusion, even when it does not resolve everything.

The Semitic GOD and Scientology STATIC are such reference points. They may resolve the confusion about the physical reality, but they cannot resolve their own spiritual reality without another reference point.

The ultimate reference point need not have the problem of resolving itself. Emptiness is the ultimate reference point which can resolve any phenomenon by giving it an objective meaning.  Emptiness itself is not a phenomenon, just like zero is not a value.

EMPTINESS is the ultimate reference point from which all phenomena can be resolved completely.


The other fundamental concept from the Heart Sutra of Buddhism is MUTUAL DEPENDENCY. Everything in this universe is dependent on everything else. From a scientific viewpoint this would mean that everything in this universe is interconnected as if this universe is a matrix of infinite dimensions.

In other words, each thing whether physical, metaphysical, mental, spiritual, etc., that makes up the universe, is in intimate association with everything else. Therefore, the universe is a single dynamic entity.

The UNIVERSE is continuous, harmonious and consistent by its intrinsic nature.


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  • David Cooke  On October 6, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Hubbard’s definition of a static is certainly inadequate, and it lead to such misconceptions as that thetans are something analogous to objects that can impact on each other. But I suggest he was talking about the same voidness, sunyata, as were Nagarjuna and other Mahayana masters. Hubbard’s gift was that in the midst of 20th century America he stumbled on the idea of emptiness.

    • vinaire  On October 6, 2017 at 7:35 PM

      Yes, Hubbard was quite insightful in spite of his many failings. His greatest contribution was to express spiritual concepts in sort of a scientific language if not entirely with scientific precision.

  • shashi743  On October 9, 2017 at 9:33 PM

    This is very interesting!

  • Anonymous  On November 16, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    I like this … it reflects many of the thoughts that came to me in younger days. And it makes sense … Thanks You Vinay

  • Sam Masarachia  On December 15, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Not being a mathematician, I still have been persuaded that zero is (or has), mathematically, a value from my reading. “Zero” differs from “nothing”.

    • vinaire  On December 15, 2017 at 12:11 PM

      Zero is relative to the scale. It has a meaning relative to scale it is used on.

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