Monday, April 23, 2012

Class 7 - Good Qualities of Three Jewels

Download PDF's of Class Handouts, Notes, and MP3 Tracks from the 7th class of Spring 2012 term held on Monday, April 23:

DOWNLOAD Handouts - text for Class 7:

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).

2012 Handout 9 – GOOD QUALITIES of: BUDDHA’s ENLIGHTENED ACTIVITIES, the DHARMA and the SANGHA. How to take Refuge by Knowing the 6 categories for differentiating the Three Jewels: (1) Their Defining Characteristics; (2) Their Activities; (3) Our Devotion; (4) Our Practice. (cont. on Handout 10).

ALL SPRING 2012 PDF Handouts are HERE.

Track 1 - Brief Review of Refuge Topics covered in Classes 4-6, including:
  • Reasons the Buddha Jewel is a Worthy Object of Causal Refuge [Handout 7]
  • Way to Take Refuge by knowing the Good Qualities of Buddha’s Kayas.
  • Difficulty Comprehending Emanations of Multiple Bodies:  We only have ‘one body’ per life cycle because of limitations imposed by our self-grasping/cherishing ignorance.
Track 2 - [Handout 8] Good qualities of the Buddha’s Mind.
  • Mental qualities of a Buddha often summarized as Three:  Wisdom, Loving Compassion, Power/Ability - khyen-tse ngo sum (མཁྱེན་བརྩེ་ནུས་གསུམ་). 
  • All Buddhist practices focus on developing/transforming Mental Consciousness because we are determined by our mental consciousness.
  • [Handout 9]  Good qualities of the Buddhas’ Enlightened Activities.
Track 3 - Good qualities of the Dharma - Dharma of Scripture and Dharma of Realization.
The Buddha Jewel strictly is the persons of Buddhas and all of their qualities. The Dharma Jewel is strictly meaning the Arya Paths and Cessations but more broadly the Teachings from those realizations.  Is there a broader interpretation of the Buddha Jewel?
Track 4 - Good Qualities of the Sangha.
              Questions & Answer:  Distinctions in Meaning & Terminolgy of Arya Bodhisattva’s Emanations (trul-wa - སྤྲུལ་བ་) & Buddha’s Emanation Bodies (tul-ku - སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་).

NOTES of Class 7 (April 23) rough draft transcript of class offered for what it's worth.

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This is the 7th 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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