Monday, September 12, 2011

Class 1 - the Four Noble Truths

Download PDF's of Class materials and MP3 Tracks from the 1st class of Fall 2011 term held on Monday, September 12:

DOWNLOAD Handouts used in Class 1:

2011 Handout 1 - Ornament for Clear Realization's two verses on Mahayana Practice Instructions; the Four Noble Truths; the Truth of Suffering.  Three Kinds of Feelings.

2011 Handout 2 - Six categories of FeelingsThree-fold Division of SufferingSuffering of Suffering; Suffering of Change; Pervasive Compositional Suffering.



Track 1 - Introduction to Fall course Materials (translated and composed by Geshe Kelsang Wangmo) and context of subject matter.  The Handouts at the beginning of the course rely primarily on Je Tsong Khapa's Lam Rim Chenmo.  Later handouts are translations from the two texts used for this subject at IBD and Drepung Loseling Monastery: the General Meaning and Decisive Analysis composed by Panchen Sonam Drakpa.  The course will use these to acquaint students the debates raised in studying the Four Noble Truths.

Track 2 - Handout 1 - Explanation of two verses from Chapter 1 of Maitreya's Ornament for Clear Realizations (Abhisamayalamkara).  Chapter 1 has 10 Topics and the 2d Topic is the Ten Mahayana Practice Instructions, and the second Practice Instruction is the Four Noble Truths.  The Ten Practice Instructions that set out the Ten Instructions are:

Practice, the Truths,
The Three Jewels such as the Buddha,
Non-Involvement, Tirelessness,
Thoroughly Upholding the Path, [22]

The Five Visions, Clairvoyance's Six Qualities and
what are called "the Paths of Seeing
And Meditation": these practice instructions
Should be known as having a tenfold character. [23]

The first three Practice Instructions named in these two pithy and obscure verses are explained here by Geshe-la, i.e., (1) Practice = the Two Truths; (2) the Truths = Four Noble Truths, and (3) the Three Jewels = Refuge.

Track 3 - Continues Explanation of 4th-10th Mahayana Practice Instructions: Three Diligences of (4) Non-Involvement, (5) Tirelessness, and (6) of Thoroughly Upholding the Path of Practice.  (7) Five Visions, (8) Six Qualities of Clairvoyance, (9) Path of Seeing, (10) Path of Meditation.

Track 4 - Introduction to Four Noble Truths in context of the Ornament, Lam Rim and generally as the blueprint for the entire Buddhist path.

Track 5 - Introduction to Four Noble Truths in context of Buddha Turning the Three Wheels of Dharma. The names of the Four Noble Truths in English & Tibetan with meaning.

Track 6 - Truth of Suffering - Omni-Present Mental Factor of Feeling with every mind of three kinds: Pleasant, Unpleasant & Neutral.

Track 7 - Handout 2.  Categories of Feeling, 24 Kinds of Mental Factor of Feeling, Questions & Answers, function of class Discussion Group (held at 3:00 - 3:45 before each class).

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This is the 1st class of the Fall  2011 Perfection of Wisdom course
addressing the Four Noble Truths, the 2nd sub-topic of the 2nd Topic
(Mahayana Practice Instructions) of Chapter 1 of Maitreya's
Ornament for Clear Realizations - Abhisamayalamkara.

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