Friday, September 23, 2011

Class 6 - Truth of Suffering & Truth of Origination of Suffering

Download PDF's of Class materials and MP3 Tracks from the 6th class of Fall 2011 term held on Friday, September 23:

DOWNLOAD Handouts used in Class 6 & Class NOTES  (i.e., very rough transcript):

2011 Handout 9 - conclude Six-Fold Categorization of Suffering.  II. (Second) Noble) TRUTH OF THE ORIGIN - ཀུན་འབྱུང་བདེན་པ། - (of Suffering):  Delusions (ཉོན་མོངས།) & Contaminated Karma/Actions (ཟག་བཅས་ཀྱི་ལས།).

2011 Handout 10 - Truth of Origin (ཀུན་འབྱུང་བདེན་པ།), Delusions (ཉོན་མོངས།), contIGNORANCE (མ་རིག་པ་):  Categorizations::  A.  (1) Deprecating Misconception (སྐུར་འདེབས་ཀྱི་ལོག་རྟོག) & (2) Superimposing Misconception (སྒྲོ་འདོགས་ཀྱི་ལོག་རྟོག); B. (1) Innate/instinctive Ignorance (མ་རིག་པ་ལྷན་སྐྱེས) & (2) Intellectually or Ideologically Acquired Ignorance (མ་རིག་པ་ཀུན་བརྟགས།).  C. Ignorance that is the Root of Cyclic Existence (འཁོར་པའི་རྩ་བར་གྱུར་པའི་མ་རིག་པ།) [i.e., Ignorance that apprehends the inherent existence of:  (1) the "I" and "mine"; and (2) phenomena (other than "I" and "mine").

Class 6 NOTES - rough draft transcript - offered for what they are worth. (If you are interested in assisting in proofing/editing, contact Ven. Tenzin Nordron.)

ALL FALL 2011 PDFs re Truth of Suffering are HERE. ALL Fall 2011 PDFs re Truth of Origination are HERE.


Track 1 - Handout 9 - cont. Six Types of Suffering:

     (4) Suffering of repeated rebirth:
  • Contaminated Karma only triggers rebirth in Samsara if triggered by Delusions (attachment to self, i.e., fear of death of self & craving for existence).  
  • Having realized Emptiness directly, Arya Bodhisattvas (below 8th bhumi) are reborn due to attachment to others and prayers, but not in the Cyclic Existence that we experience. Hinayana Arhats and 8th-10th ground Arya Bodhisattvas have Mental Bodies
Track 2 - (5)  Suffering of Repeatedly Descending from High to Low.
              (6)  Suffering of Having no Companions. 
  • Cultivating disenchantment with our miserable condition in Cyclic Existence and  the single-pointed intention to overcome it, naturally leads to the question: 
What is the origin or the cause of suffering?

Track 3 - (2nd) Noble TRUTH of ORIGIN (ཀུན་འབྱུང་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ།) of Suffering:
  1. DELUSIONS (ཉོན་མོངས་།); and 
  2. CONTAMINATED ACTIONS/KARMA (ཟག་བཅས་ཀྱི་ལས་།).  
  • Delusions are Primary Cause of Suffering.  
  • Root Delusion is Ignorance.
Track 4 - IGNORANCE - མ་རིག་པ་ - [Handout 10] - a mental factor and a mental consciousness:
  • Examples, qualities and types of Ignorance:  
    • Mere not knowing & Active Mis-knowledge. 
          (1) Deprecating misconceptions (སྐུར་འདེབས་ཀྱི་ལོག་རྟོག):  
            Denial of (aspects of) reality, e.g., deny Law of Karma, 
            Past & Future Lives (or role of human activity in Global Climate Change).
          (2) Superimposing misconceptions (སྒྲོ་འདོགས་ཀྱི་ལོག་རྟོག):  
           Apprehend (aspects of) phenomena that do not exist, e.g., Wrong Views
              Ignorance that apprehends a Self to be: 
  1. Permanent, Partless, & Independent; 
  2. Self-Sufficient Substantially Existent; or 
  3. Inherently Existent. 
           Superimposing ignorance is the root of Deprecating ignorance, but 
           Superimposing ignorance are not always non-virtuous; however,
           Wrong Views included in the 10 Non-Virtuous are Deprecating Ignorance.

Track 5 - Categorization of IGNORANCE as: (1) Innate Ignorance (མ་རིག་པ་ལྷན་སྐྱེས་) or (2) Intellectually Acquired (མ་རིག་པ་ཀུན་བརྟགས།).

Innate IgnoranceInnate Deprecating & Innate Superimposing ignorance.
  • Root ignorance is Innate Superimposing ignorance apprehending Inherent Existence & apprehending Permanence.

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This is the 6th 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.

1 comment:

nordron said...

H.H. Dalai Lama spoke about the Mental Bodies of Arya Bodhisattvas this morning in the concluding session (and empowerment) for Taiwanese sponsored teachings.