2012 Fall Handout 1 - to illustrate the omniscient mind of a Buddha (Exalted Knower of All Aspects), Chapter 1 of Maitreya's Abhisamayalamkara presents 10 Topics. So far course has covered Topic 1 - Bodhicitta (Fall 2010-Spring 2011 and begun Topic 2 - Practice Instructions which has 10 Sub-Topics of which (1) Two Truths, (2) Four Noble Truths & (3) Refuge have been covered. Practice Topics to be studied in Fall 2012: (4) - (6) Three Diligences. 7. Five Sublime Eyes. 8. Six Clairvoyances. 9. Path of Seeing. 9. Path of Meditaiton. Three Diligences presented in J. Tong Khapa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chenmo) : I. How to Train in the perfection of Diligence (i.e., how to train): (1) Nature of diligence (i.e. what is diligence): Mental Factor of Joy & delight focused on virtue.
Track 1 - Background of Perfection of Wisdom course studies, purpose, methodology, etc.
Track 2 - Review extent of Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realization covered in course through Spring 2012 term, and introduce remaining topics of Chapter 1 .
Track 3 - [HANDOUT 1] Introduction of class text [i.e., the HANDOUTS] & the Commentaries relied upon and issues re their English translation.
First Topic: Diligence actually means "Joyous Effort" - the proper accompaniment to Buddhist Practice. Why Joyous Effort is necessary. , i.e., Diligence. Q&A - are there limited number of consciousnesses or infinite.
Track 4 - Minimum level of aspiration required for Buddhist Practice - achieving good rebirth in order to continue practice of Dharma.
Q&A - Given that everybody in previous lives has been our mother and father, our son and daughter as well, are there only a limited number of consciousness that recycle, or are there new consciousnesses coming into existence?
This is the 1st 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.