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That's what I am asking. If everything, including the 'spirit' world, is empty (going by DO logic), then what exactly are we striving for?
We are striving for liberating insight.
As described in the opening verse of the Heart Sutra:
"The Bodhisattva of Compassion,
When he meditated deeply,
Saw the emptiness of all five skandhas
And sundered the bonds that caused him suffering."
Being dependently originated doesn't mean nonexistent as much as it doesn't mean existent.
Yes, this is also in the suttas:
"By & large, Kaccayana, this world is supported by (takes as its object) a polarity, that of existence & non-existence. But when one sees the origination of the world as it actually is with right discernment, 'non-existence' with reference to the world does not occur to one. When one sees the cessation of the world as it actually is with right discernment, 'existence' with reference to the world does not occur to one....
"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle: From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications...."
I think the world would be a much nicer place with more wisdom.
I was a complete skeptic until I visited a spiritualist church some years ago ( I went with a friend who was interested ). There was definitely something going on - maybe more like mind-reading than contacting spirits, but something.