Friday, October 12, 2012

Class 10 - 4 Concentrations, 4 Absorptions, Form & Formless Realms

Download PDF's of Class Handouts, Class Transcript, and MP3 Tracks from the 10TH class of Fall 2012 term held on Friday, October 12.

DOWNLOAD Handouts - text for Class 10:

2012 Fall Handout 10

2012 Fall Handout 11

2012 Fall Chart 1 - Three Realms, Nine Levels, and Eight Meditative Absorptions

ALL FALL 2012 PDF Handouts are HERE.


Track 1 - Emotion and Dharma Teachings:
  • Emotional Response to Topics re Clairvoyance. 
  • Scientific Experiment validating Mental abilities, e.g., Premonition
Track 2 - Clairvoyance & Reliance on a Spiritual Teacher (Lama); Blessings (chin lab - བྱིན་བརླབ་).

Track 3 -Review Class 10 & HANDOUT 10 -
  • Five States of Mind, the Five Sublime Eyes
  • Spiritual Teachers (Lamas) & the Five Divine Eyes
  • HANDOUT 10 Corrections
Track 4 - HANDOUT 11 - Five Sublime Eyes per Panchen Sonam Drakpa:

             I. Physical Basis of the Five Sublime Eyes.
  • First & Second Sublime Eyes of Buddhist & Non-Buddhist Gurus:
    • Physical Sublime Eye and Celestial Eye
    • Debate: Can Non-Buddhists cultivate Sublime Eyes?
Track 5II. Mental Basis of the Five Sublime Eyes – CHART 1
  • Four Concentrations (བསམ་གཏན་; Skt. dhyānas) & Four Formless Absorptions (གཟུགས་མེད་ཀྱི་སྙོམས་འཇུག; Skt. ārūpya-samāpatti)
  • Rebirth in Three Realms - Desire Realm, Form Realm (གཟུགས་ཁམས་, rūpadhātu) & Formless Realm (གཟུགས་མེད་ཁམས་; ārūpadhātu) as Karmic Consequence of Mental Actions:
  • Our environment/reality is created by Mind. 
  • Non-Buddhists Seek Moksha/Liberation by developing the Four Concentrations & Four Formless Absorptions which produce rebirth in their respective Realms.  Moksha is believed to be attained upon rebirth in the highest Formless Realm:
  • Four Formless Realms
    • Limitless Space - ནམ་མཁའ་མཐའ་ཡས་, Skt. - ākāśānantya; Limitless Consciousness - རྣམ་ཤེས་མཐའ་་ཡས་, Skt. - vijñānānantya; Nothingness - ཅི་ཡང་མེད་, Skt. – ākimcanya; and Peak of Cyclic Existence - སྲིད་རྩེ་,  Skt. – bhavāgra)
Track 6 - Questions & Answers
What is the Form Realm?  
Mahayana Motivation to attain Concentrations?
Can we Choose Next Rebirth – Free Will?

NOTES of Class 10 (Oct 12) rough draft transcript of class offered for what it's worth.  

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This is the 10TH class of the Fall 2012 term Perfection of Wisdom course
which addresses Five Visions (Sublime Eyes), Four Concentrations & Four Absorptions, etc., the 7th sub-topic of the 2nd Topic (Mahayana Practice Instructions) of Chapter 1 of Maitreya's
Ornament for Clear Realizations - Abhisamayalamkara.

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