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“Emptiness” found in 127 documents
A Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra
1 Advice on Sutra Practice Opening Remarks Homage to Manjughosha. May I always be cared for by (you,) the foremost of the peerless (Dharma) expounders. Your flawless knowledge and wisdom are unimpeded even concerning the subtlest points. This is due to your...
Advice for Studying Emptiness
Voidness (emptiness) is one of the most important topics in the Buddha’s teachings and one of the most difficult to understand. But, we mustn’t be afraid of voidness. As Shantideva, the great Indian master, explains in his Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior, if we are going to...
Analysis of Emptiness for Mahamudra Meditation
We have now covered the meditation on the superficial or conventional nature of the mind or mental activity. Now we’re ready to look a little bit at the meditation on the deepest nature of the mind. The Two Natures of the Mind or Two Truths about the Mind When we talk...
Commentary on "Root Text for Mahamudra" – Dr. Berzin
Applying Emptiness When Stuck in Traffic
Voidness, or emptiness, is the total absence of impossible ways of existing, such as self-established inherent existence, while mental labeling is how we account for the conventional existence of things as “this” or “that.”
Aryas’ Cognition of Emptiness: Four Tibetan Traditions
When shravaka, pratyekabuddhas, or bodhisattvas gain non-conceptual cognition of the four noble truths, they become aryas (highly realized beings, noble ones). They achieve a seeing pathway mind (path of seeing). According to Prasangika, within the context of the four noble...
The Tibetan Traditions
Avalokiteshvara Expounding the Sutra
This weekend I’m going to be speaking about The Heart Sutra. Actually, with a longer title, it’s The Essence of Far-Reaching Discriminating Awareness, the Vanquishing Lady Surpassing All. So when we talk about far-reaching discriminating awareness – and this is the word...
Commentary on "The Heart Sutra" – Dr. Berzin
Background to Aryadeva's Chapters on Emptiness
Introduction We’ve been going through, in summary, the main points of the sixteen chapters of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Verse Treatise. And we saw that the first eight chapters speak about how to rid ourselves of incorrect views concerning conventional truth. And now we’re ready...
Overview of "Four Hundred Verse Treatise" – Dr. Berzin
Categories and Implicative & Non-implicative Negations
Fine Points about Categories There was an interesting question Ulla brought up this morning that I thought about. That is: how do we know a double negative? We were speaking in terms of specifiers. How do you know that something is not anything other than itself? Let’s say...
Negation Phenomena: How to Focus on Emptiness
Categories, Conceptual Isolates, Mental Representations
We started our discussion of conceptual cognition last time and I asked you to think of a dog and examine: what is it that appears? Did you think of all dogs in general? Or did a mental picture of a specific dog come to your mind? Answer please. My dog. So, a specific...
The Nature of Appearances: Gelug Explanation
Chittamatra: The Two Truths
Introduction When we speak about the two truths in Chittamatra and the other Mahayana schools, we’re not talking about two different types of true phenomenon, we’re going to talk about the true truths. But speaking about the two truths that are descriptive of all phenomena,...
The Four Buddhist Tenet Systems Regarding the Two Truths