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“Debate” found in 10 documents
Happiness, Past Masters & Taking on Others’ Suffering
The Pursuit of Happiness We have two types of happiness, physical happiness and mental happiness, and most of the effort we put into our lives is involved in the pursuit of physical comfort and happiness. In the pursuit of physical happiness and comfort a lot of people engage...
Serkong Rinpoche Dialogues with Students about Lam-rim
Meditation on the Precious Human Life
Introduction The topic for this evening is analytical meditation. Now, working on ourselves in terms of going in a safe, positive direction in life and bodhichitta entails a three-step process: We need to listen to the teachings. Then we need to ponder or think about them....
Impermanence & Death
Questions about Buddhism in Modern Life
The Middle Way between Total Control and Total Apathy As far as I understand, there are two extremes: one is the extreme of total control of everything, and the other extreme is just doing nothing, sitting on your ass, and saying, “It does not matter.” So this other extreme is...
The Four Axioms for Examining a Buddhist Teaching
Four ways to examine whether something makes sense or not.
How to Study Buddhism
The Gelug Monastic Education System
Major Topics in the Curriculum The monastic education system in the Gelug monasteries covers five major topics, based on five great Indian scriptural texts studied through the medium of logic and debate – "tsennyi" (mtshan-nyid, definitions) in Tibetan. During the course of...
Monasteries in Tibet
The Life of Tsongkhapa
The biography of a great lama is called a "namtar" (rnam-thar), a liberating biography, since it inspires the listeners to follow the example of the lama and achieve liberation and enlightenment. The biography of Tsongkhapa (rJe Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang grags-pa) (1357-1419) is...
The Purpose and Benefits of Debate
Debate in Buddhism helps us to be sure that our understanding is correct.
How to Study Buddhism
The Relation between True Stoppings and Emptiness
Total Absorption Total absorption (mnyam-bzhag) is a mental state having a stilled and settled mind of shamatha (zhi-gnas), but not necessarily an exceptionally perceptive mind of vipashyana (lhag-mthong). The attainment of total absorption with a joined pair of shamatha and...
Elaboration of the Life of Tsongkhapa
I'd like to present a short biography of Tsongkhapa. I am a little bit picky, I must say, so I find it helpful to pronounce people’s names correctly. There’s a commonly made convention—which I think is really quite incorrect, totally incorrect—which is to divide Tsongkhapa’s...
Traditional Way of Studying Ways of Knowing: Debate
The topic for this evening deals with ways of knowing or cognition theory. In order to study some topic in general, Shantideva, the great Indian Buddhist master, said it is very important to know the benefits of the topic in order to be able to put enthusiasm into it. If we...
Ways of Knowing