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Uttaratantra: The Buddha Gem & Dharma Gem
The First Chapter of the Text Let us begin our discussion of the text. The first chapter is the chapter on Buddha-nature, and the text starts by giving its subject matter in an outline form (remember that Maitreya’s texts start with the outline) and the text is going to cover...
Commentary on “Uttaratantra” – Dr. Berzin
Uttaratantra: The Three Jewels of Refuge
Question about Method and Wisdom Could Your Holiness explain a little bit more about method and wisdom? When we speak of method and wisdom in Buddhism, method is referring primarily to the various actions and practices that will act as a cause for being able to generate a Form...
Commentary on “Uttaratantra” – The Dalai Lama
Uttaratantra: The Dharma Gem and Sangha Gem
The Dharma Gem The first of the seven vajra points was the Clear Evolved Ones, the Buddhas. Now, we are up to discussing the second point, the Dharma Gem. For this, just as there were eight qualities for the Buddha Gem, there are eight qualities for the Dharma Gem. Of the...
Commentary on “Uttaratantra” – Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche
Deepest, Apparent and Representative Levels of the Three Gems
Levels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha So far in our discussion, we’ve seen the general structure of how we meditate on refuge, putting a safe direction in our life. Now, we can get into the specifics of where this direction is going. This is described and indicated by the...
Refuge: Putting a Safe Direction & Meaning in Our Lives
The Three Divisions of a Buddha’s Words
There are three divisions of Buddha’s enlightening speech, differentiated according to the dominating condition of their origin.
The 32 Major Marks of a Buddha’s Physical Body
A look at the 32 major marks of a Buddha’s Sambhogakaya and Supreme Nirmanakaya forms according to different Mahayana texts.
What Is the Dharma?
The Dharma refers to the Buddha's teachings, which help us to overcome all of our problems.
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Samsara Brings Suffering, Dharma Brings Happiness
The path to lasting happiness avoids the pitfalls of acting out of ignorance and eliminates instead the confusion causing all our suffering.
The Graded Path
Advice before Starting on the Buddhist Path
To apply the Buddhist teachings to daily life requires being honest with ourselves to discover the unsatisfactory aspects of our lives and being realistic in how Buddhism can help us to deal with them.
How to Study Buddhism
Following Dharma and Avoiding Suffering
The way to avoid suffering is to hold ourselves back from acting out of ignorance, anger or greed.
The Graded Path