Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Class 5 - Causal & Resultant Refuge, Kayas, etc.

Download PDF's of Class Handouts, Notes, and MP3 Tracks from the 5th class of Spring 2012 term held on Wednesday, April 18:

DOWNLOAD Handouts - text for Class 5:

2012 Handout 7 – (cont.) Persons of Small Spiritual Scope. Persons of Intermediate & Persons of Great Spiritual Scope. REASONS WHY THE BUDDHA IS WORTHY TO BE A REFUGE: The Buddhas (4 Reasons stated by Asanga). WAYS TO TAKE REFUGE - Four Aspects of Taking Refuge (stated by Asanga): by knowing the good qualities of the three Jewels): List of Four good qualities of the Buddha.

2012 Handout 8 – Presentation of GOOD QUALITIES of: BUDDHA’s BODY (including – Jnana-kaya / Wisdom Truth Body; Sambhoga-kaya / Enjoyment Body; Three-Fold Nirmana-kaya / Emanation Body (Artisan Nirmanakayas [བཟོ་བོ་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་]; Incarnated Nirmanakayas [སྐྱེ་བ་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་] and Supreme Nirmanakayas [བཟོ་བོ་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་]; BUDDHA’s SPEECH; and BUDDHA’s MIND (explained by way of two aspects: Knowledge & Compassion).

ALL SPRING 2012 PDF Handouts are HERE.

Track 1 - Taking Refuge in the Causal & Resultant Buddha, Dharma & Sangha
               Fear & Faith – the Two Causes for Taking Refuge
               Do Practitioners of lower spiritual scope (who seek an end to Lower Rebirth) 
                        Take Refuge in the Resultant Dharma Jewels?

Track 2 - Buddha’s Have No Fear, so are they Buddhists?
              Do Arhats Take Refuge?
              What makes you not a Buddhist?

Track 3 - Handout 7, cont., (source: Je Tsong Khapa’s Lam Rim Chenmo):
              Practitioners of the Intermediate & Great Spiritual Scopes:
  • Fear of Great Scope Practitioners that prompts Refuge:  “the suffering of all sentient beings”.
  • Don’t Buddhas fear the suffering of all sentient beings?
  • Four Good Qualities of the Buddha (per Arya Asanga): 
    • The Buddha has attained the sublime state of fearlessness; 
    • is an expert in training disciples; 
    • has great compassion;
    • is not pleased with material offerings.
Track 4 - How to Take Refuge (per Arya Asanga):
  • By knowing the Outstanding qualities of the Buddha’s Body, Speech, Mind & Enlightened Activites:
    • [Handout 8] Qualities of Buddha’s Kayas:  Mental bodies, Emanation bodies
Track 5 - Discussion / Q & A re: Emanations & Manifestations of Buddhas & Bodhisattvas: 
  • Are Sentient Beings’ Bodies Manifestations of Mental Consciousness?  
  • How can we understand Emanations? and more.

NOTES of Class 5 (April 18) rough draft transcript of class offered for what it's worth.

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This is the 5th class of the Spring 2012 term Perfection of Wisdom course
which addresses Refuge, the 3rd sub-topic of the 2nd Topic
(Mahayana Practice Instructions) of Chapter 1 of Maitreya's
Ornament for Clear Realizations - Abhisamayalamkara.

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