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The Root Cause for Samsaric Rebirth
The 12 links of dependent arising is a central and important topic in the Buddhist path, it’s important to know why it’s important in order to develop interest and motivation to study and learn about it. As way of introduction, let me discuss that for a little while first. The...
Perpetuating Samsara: The 12 Links of Dependent Arising
The 4 Close Placements of Mindfulness & the 5 Paths
Introduction to the Four Noble Truths In this seminar, we will be looking at the sixteen aspects of the four noble truths. To attain liberation from uncontrollably recurring rebirth – in other words, liberation from samsara – and to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha, we...
Meditation on the 16 Aspects of the 4 Noble Truths
Four Preparatory Thoughts for Tonglen: Giving & Taking
Background on the Text: Seven Point Mind Training We’re going to start the seminar with a very important and essential text that is found in all the Tibetan traditions from India, called Seven Point Mind Training, which I received teachings on primarily from two of my main...
The Two Bodhichittas in “Seven Point Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin
7-Part Bodhichitta: The Lam-rim Basis
Dharma-Lite vs. The Real Thing Dharma I’m very happy to be back here in Seattle once more and to have the opportunity to speak to you about the meditations for developing bodhichitta.I suppose that it would be appropriate to give an introduction. Bodhichitta is something that...
The Seven-Part Cause & Effect Development of Bodhichitta
Developing Interest in Liberation and Enlightenment
Brief Review We started our explanation of Atisha’s text, and we saw that he was speaking about the stages by which we develop or progress along the spiritual path. We saw that one way of describing how we progress is that the scope or aim of our goal gets progressively...
Commentary on “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” – Dr. Berzin
Tantra: Not-Yet-Happening Enlightenment & Buddha-Nature
We started our discussion of how to make our tantra practice effective or more effective. And we saw that the most fundamental thing to start with is to understand what tantra is and what is the essential point of tantra practice – how does it work. And we saw that tantra...
Effective Tantra Practice
From the Two Truths, the Four Truths
Working toward a Spiritual Goal There are two ways that we can work toward a spiritual goal: On the basis of faith – we have faith that it’s possible to achieve that goal. On the basis of this faith you work toward it, and as you proceed further in your training, you...
Realism: The Basis for the Buddhist Path and Its Goals
Becoming Convinced of Enlightenment
The Importance of Having an Accurate Idea of Enlightenment With bodhichitta – relative bodhichitta is what we are talking about here – it's very important to have an accurate mental representation of enlightenment, an accurate idea of what enlightenment is. Otherwise...
What Needs to Be Understood to Have a Bodhichitta Aim
Proper Friends, Safe Direction, Ethics, and Liberation
Verses 5 through 9 Brief Review We have seen that Togme Zangpo starts his poem with a presentation of the main points that we find in the lam-rim, the graded stages of the path. After paying homage to Avalokiteshvara, and the promise to compose the text, he talks of the...
Commentary on “37 Bodhisattva Practices” – Dr. Berzin
Uttaratantra: The Textual Sources for the Seven Vajra Points
Proper Motivation and Explanation of the Title and Homage Before beginning, we set the motivation of wishing to listen to these teachings in order to actually achieve the state of enlightenment in order to benefit everyone. If we set this type of motivation, the benefits of...
Commentary on Uttaratantra – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche