Unfortunately, the word ‘emptiness’, which is used to translate the Sanskrit term shunyata, (Tib. སྟོང་པ་ཉིད་, Tib. tongpa nyi, Wyl. stong pa nyid) carries a connotation of a nothing-ness or a void. Happily, there is a wonderful definition in Tibetan that captures its true meaning: tak ché dang dralwa, which translates as: ‘free from permanence and non-existence’.
Generally, all philosophies tend to fall into one of two extremes:
Shunyata—‘emptiness’—goes beyond both of these extremes, because it is neither permanent nor non-existing, and that is, ultimately, how things are.