|The Institute of Buddhist Studies (ICBS) Summer 2013 Lecture Series (Wisdom Quarterly)|
The Suñña Sutta (SN 35.85), part of the Pāli canon, relates that the Buddha's attendant Ven. Ānanda asked:
"'The world is empty! The world is empty,' it is said, venerable sir. In what sense may it be said that the world is empty?" The Venerable One replied, "Insofar as it is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self, thus is it said, Ānanda, that the world is empty."