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“Tenet Systems” found in 36 documents
Context of Ways of Knowing, Bare Perception
Introduction This evening we are going to be speaking about ways of knowing; in other words cognition theory, and how it is that we know things – how our cognition actually works. This is an important topic since it relates very much to how we experience the four noble...
Seven Ways of Knowing Objects
The Conventional “Me”: An Imputation on the 5 Aggregates
We were speaking about voidness (emptiness) and we saw that voidness is a negatingly known phenomenon, it’s a negation. We know it by negating something. If we put the word voidness into different terms, then we could say that it is an absence of something. There are many...
The Emptiness of the False “Me”
Self-Voidness & Other-Voidness in the Tenet Systems
Review Yesterday we started our discussion of the topic of self-voidness and other-voidness, and what we saw was that it’s extremely important to have an understanding of voidness in order to overcome suffering of samsara. And we saw, although we didn’t go into much detail...
Main Points of Self-Voidness and Other-Voidness
Emptiness of the Various Levels of an Impossible “Me”
Three Layers of Unawareness Voidness (stong-pa-nyid, Skt shunyata; emptiness) is a total absence of impossible ways of existing: impossible means there is no such thing. Here, we are speaking specifically about the voidness of impossible ways in which the conventionally...
How Cognition of Emptiness Liberates Us from Samsara
The Last Six Ways of Knowing
Inferential Cognition The next is inferential cognition. And here in the Gelugpa Sautrantika system this is a cognition that arises depending on a line of reasoning. So we could directly perceive smoke coming from the house on the other side of the valley. If we’re...
Seven Ways of Knowing Objects
The Coarse False “Me” of the Non-Buddhist Indian Systems
Review: The Context for Meditating on the False "Me" Yesterday we began our discussion of how to meditate on the voidness of the false “me” experiencing the four noble truths. We looked at the general context within which this is studied and meditated upon. We saw that this...
Refuting the False Me Experiencing the Four Noble Truths
Variant Indian Buddhist Views of Time
Are There Common-Locus Objects Extending over the Three Times? Consider the location of a presently-happening object, such as the “presently-happening-yoghurt in the pot.” For ease of discussion, let us refer to “yoghurt in the pot” simply as “yoghurt.” Both the...
A Buddha's Knowledge of the Past, Present and Future
The Appearances of Cognitive Objects That Arise in Mental Activity
What arises in a moment of mental activity includes both ways of cognitively taking objects and cognitive objects that are cognitively taken. Although we can say that both of these appear in a moment of cognition, in the sense that both of these arise, usually what is meant...
Types of Appearances Mind Gives Rise To: Gelug Explanation
Focus on Emptiness According to the Tenet Systems
What Do We Know after Negating Something We have been speaking about affirmations and negations and we have seen that they’re very important. There are quite a few things that came up from yesterday and some questions that are still there. A negation is one in which there’s...
Negation Phenomena: How to Focus on Emptiness
Uttaratantra: General Presentation of Buddha-Nature
Buddha-Nature What do family-traits mean? A family-trait is “gotra,” which is family or caste. The traits are characteristics of someone who belongs to a certain family or caste. It can be the family or caste of those who can become Buddhas, so the Buddha-family. There are...
Commentary on "Uttaratantra" – Dr. Berzin