What is an Unbounded View?

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In Buddhism, the concept of the 'unbounded view' typically refers to the perception of reality that transcends narrow, limited perspectives. It involves seeing the interconnectedness and interdependence of all phenomena, understanding the impermanent and ever-changing nature of existence, and recognizing the absence of inherent self or essence in things.

This view is often associated with the realization of emptiness (sunyata), which is a key teaching in Mahayana Buddhism. Emptiness does not mean nothingness but rather the absence of inherent existence or inherent self-nature in all phenomena. From this perspective, everything is seen as dependently originated, lacking intrinsic essence or solidity.

The unbounded view encourages practitioners to let go of fixed ideas, attachments, and prejudices, and to develop a more expansive and inclusive understanding of reality. It is said to lead to wisdom, compassion, and freedom from suffering, which are central goals in Buddhism.

In everyday talk, we use 'unbounded view' as a way of talking about life not beginning at birth, nor ending at death, as well.

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What is an Unbounded View?
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