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DISCOVERING BUDDHISM: Wisdom of Emptiness
Tuesday 14 March @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Without this wisdom, liberation and enlightenment are impossible. Discover the most subtle view of reality; achieve a calm and peaceful mind.
Learn how to develop calm abiding (shamatha), the ability to remain focused in meditation for as long periods as you want without distraction. Try different ways of meditating on emptiness, the lack of true existence of the self and all phenomena, the realisation of which is crucial for the attainment of liberation and enlightenment. Practice accumulation of merit and purification of obstacles – indispensable for generating realisations within the mind.
The realisation of emptiness is crucial for the attainment of liberation and enlightenment. Take this opportunity to enhance your ability to bring about this realisation.
UNIT 12: The Wisdom of Emptiness
You are most welcome to join the course at any time, even as we get to the more in-depth and profound topics in the three-year cycle! Come along for a couple of classes and see how this unit’s subject matter suits you. More details here.
– Look out! Misunderstandings about emptiness
– Avoiding the two extremes of nihilism and eternalism
– Necessity for accumulation of merit and purification
– The finest view: middle-way consequence school presentation on emptiness
– Lama Tsong Khapa’s presentation on the three levels of dependent arising: causes and condition, parts, and mere imputation
– How to meditate on emptiness by developing calm abiding, using the four-fold reasoning, space-like emptiness and other methods
– The three higher trainings (concentration, ethics, wisdom)
“Since the I that exists is merely imputed, there is nothing to cherish, nothing to cling to. Good-bye to depression, worries and fears.”– Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Presented by FPMT registered teacher:
“There is no real driver, there is no real car, there is no real road. There is no real eater, there is no real eating, there is no real food. There is no real buyer, there is no real shopkeeper, there are no real things to buy. This doesn’t mean nihilism — that they don’t exist at all. They do exist; they exist by being merely imputed on a valid base by a valid mind.”– Lama Zopa Rinpoche