Monday, September 24, 2012

Class 4 - Diligence/Joyous Effort

Download PDF's of Class Handouts, Notes, and MP3 Tracks from the 4TH class of Fall 2012 term held on Monday, September 24.

DOWNLOAD Handouts - text for Class 4:

2012 Fall Handout 3
2012 Fall Handout 4
2012 Fall Handout 5
2012 Fall Handout 6

ALL FALL 2012 PDF Handouts are HERE.


Track 1 - REVIEW:  How to train in the Perfection of Diligence (Joyous Effort) - HANDOUT 3

Nature of Joyous Effort  - [HANDOUT 4, Class 3,Tracks 2 & 3]
  • Using Delusions on the Path:  Attachment & Ignorance
Methods for Cultivating Diligence - [HANDOUT 4, Class 3,Tracks 4] :
  • Eliminate obstacles  by:
    1. identifying incompatible factors
    2. methods to eliminate such.
Track 2 - Employing Methods to Eliminate Factors Incompatible with Initiating Diligent Buddhist Practice, i.e., Stop Laziness of:
  1. Procrastination 
    • Mindfulness of Death
    2. Attachment to Worldly pursuits
    • Contemplate Faults of Transient Satisfactions vs. attaining Lasting Happiness

Track 3 - Three Ways to Stop Laziness of Discouragement & Self-Contempt during Practice:
  1. Stopping Discouragement about the Goal:
    • All Beings Will Become Buddhas – [HANDOUT 5]

Track 4 - 2.  Stopping discouragement about (seemingly) onerous work required to attain Goal.

  • To Counter Laziness, Develop Understanding of: 
    • Impermanence (as Mind Changes, Capacities can Expand) & 
    • Emptiness  - brief explanation of contemplations

3.  Stopping Discouragement with Difficulties of Samsara (Cyclic Existence)
  • To Counter Laziness, Remember: 
    • Wherever you are is the place to practice - all you need is your mental consciousness.
    • We're not going to find the "perfect place" to practice in Samsara but can always find excuses not to practice.
    • Since Samsara is not inherently existent, beings have different subjective experiences of Samsara.

NOTES of Class 4 (Sept 24) rough draft transcript of class offered for what it's worth.  

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This is the 4TH class of the Fall 2012 term Perfection of Wisdom course
which addresses Diligence (Joyous Effort), the 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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