Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Class 2 - Joyous Diligence - Nature & Method

Download PDF's of Class Handouts, Notes, and MP3 Tracks from the 2nd class of Fall 2012 term held on Wednesday, September 19.

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Track 1 - Review - Course / Term Topics - HANDOUT 1:
  • Three Diligences:  I. How to Train in the perfection of Diligence:  
    1. Nature of diligence (i.e. what is diligence):  Mental Factor of Joy & delight focused on virtue.
  • Diligence is a mind that takes delight in doing positive, virtuous and beneficial actions.
  • Virtue for happiness in Future Lives / Non-Virtue mistakenly done for short-term success in this life
  • Buddhism is about getting our mental consciousness to experience joy when accumulating virtuous actions.
  • Every Mind always has an Object.
  • Mind is an experiencing entity that is non-physical in Buddhism, but that doesn't contradict certain minds being inter-dependent with something physical. 
Track 2 - How to Change our Mental Consciousness - HANDOUT 2
  • What is Buddhist practice? 
    • Laziness - the opposite of Diligence. 
  • Debate:  Is diligence a virtuous state of mind if one's practice is motivated by competitiveness or other egoistic motivation?
Track 32. How to begin Practicing Diligence:
  • What is philosophy?  
    • Buddhist Philosophy distinguished from Western Philosophy  
  • Inspiration and advice from Buddha Shakyamuni and Maitreya
    • Diligence & the Three Scopes (Motivations) of Buddhist Practice
Track 4 -  Inspiration from Aryasura & Advice from Buddha Shakyamuni
  • Summary of Class 
  • Q&A
    • Why is it necessary for a Buddhist to accept Reincarnation in order engage in  Buddhist Practice?

NOTES of Class 2 (Sept 19) rough draft transcript of class offered for what it's worth.  

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This is the 2nd class of the Fall 2012 term Perfection of Wisdom course
which addresses 4th-10th sub-topics of the 2nd Topic
(Mahayana Practice Instructions) of Chapter 1 of Maitreya's
Ornament for Clear Realizations - Abhisamayalamkara.

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