Download the Spring 2014 Course Text-PDF, prepared by Geshe Kelsang Wangmo.
Please NOTE: Geshe Wangmo presented an overview of the Mahayana Path of Preparation in the 7th Class of the Spring 2013 Term. You can download the Recorded MP3 tracks of that class, together with a transcript of NOTES from the class, and the Handouts Geshe Wangmo prepared as the text for that class at this blog's April 24, 2013 POST.
Track 1 - Continue explanation re Types of Awarenesses Required to Progress to the Mahayana Path of Preparation:
- Awareness arisen from Hearing (Correctly Assuming Consciousness - not the same as "Incontrovertibly Knowing").
- Awareness Arisen from Contemplation (Inferential Cognizer).
- Awareness Arisen from Meditation (Calm Abiding Single Focus).
- Awareness Mainly Arisen from Meditation (Union of Calm Abiding & Special Insight).
- Correctly Assume Emptiness - Awareness arisen from Hearing.
- Inferentially Cognize (Incontrovertibly) Emptiness - Awareness arisen from Contemplation - a conceptual & easily distracted mind.
- Calm Abiding (Single Pointed) Meditation on Emptiness - Awareness Arisen from Meditation.
- Calm Abiding in Union with Special Insight [analysis] on Emptiness - Awareness Mainly Arisen from Meditation.
- The first moment of the Union of Calm Abiding & Special Insight meditating on Emptiness is the first moment of the Path of Preparation.
Why the Path of Preparation is presented after the 10 Mahayana Practice Instructions.
[Text PDF - p. 24]. A Debate.
- Path of Accumulation - enter by generating Bodhicitta. Either before or after entry, generate the first Three Awarenesses. And work to develop the Fourth type.
- Path of Preparation - enter immediately upon generating the Fourth type Awareness at the end of the Path of Accumulation. Then continue to develop and deepen that Union of Calm Abiding and Special Insight focused on Emptiness until you generate a Direct Experience of Emptiness and at immediately enter the Path of Seeing.
- The phrase that appears, "Not having the fault of a Bodhisattva", means being able to Realize Emptiness Directly.
- On the Path of Preparation, a Bodhisattva is stuck with a conceptual realization of Emptiness even in the special meditative concentration of the Union of Calm Abiding & Special Insight Meditation. This is the Fault of the Peak Training on the Path of Preparation.
This is the 2nd class of the Spring 2014 term ofthe Perfection of Wisdom course
which addresses 3rd Topic - Mahayana Path of Preparation
of Chapter 1 of Maitreya's
Ornament for Clear Realizations - Abhisamayalamkara.