The Purpose of Buddhist
Emptiness (of inherent existence) Meditation
For meditating read: focusing attention
Meditation is a means of creating a desired state of dissociation.
1. Dissociation serves to eliminate or distract from current consciousness experienced as distressing (Pali: dukkha)
2. Dissociation serves to enhance binding to (i.e. association, i.e. becoming one with) a focus not experienced as distressing or experienced as blissful.
In other words, meditation produces a benign state of schizophrenia.
By meditating on the emptiness (of inherent existence) of phenomena (as prescribed in the Heart Sutra), the meditator dissociates from everyday reality described by the Buddha “this mass of suffering”.
Occasional meditation on emptiness (i.e. an occasional (benign) schizophrenic interlude) denies the reality of the currently experienced everyday world (i.e. by devaluing its impact to zero). Occasional denial serves to protect (or relax or withdraw) the person (or Ego) from occasional (unmanageable) distress.
Full-time professional meditation on emptiness also denies the reality of the world. But the full-time meditator’s goal is complete and permanent withdrawal from the everyday world of ‘arisen, hence ceasing’ phenomena (i.e. into full-blown schizophrenia), therefore from distress as such.
Intense (i.e. @100% = one-pointed) meditation on (i.e. continuous dissociation toward) any focus (for instance, the ‘NOW’, any religious idol or notion, Scrabble, one’s dream, bliss) reduces distress (and orientation within everyday reality) toward zero, at the same time transmuting the focus into an absolutely real experience having absolute meaning.
Withdrawal (that is to say, dissociation) from, hence Zero Response to (as non-rebirth within) the world and the distress it causes is described as Nirvana (Pali: nibbana), or as peace (i.e. quiescence).