From December 17 to 25, 2006, at Sravasti Abbey, Geshe Jampa Tegchok taught on A Precious Garland of Advice to a King by Nagarjuna. Venerable Thubten Chodron complemented these teachings by giving commentary and background.
- Learning the unfamiliar vocabulary and concepts in the text and in Geshe Tegchok’s teachings
- Seeing them as a description of our daily experiences
- When upset or craving, the mind grasps at true existence
- The mind is totally under the influence of delusions
- The need for great compassion
- “Definite goodness” (referring to emptiness) is “frightening to the childish”
- The aspect self (the “I” that appears as inherently existent) and the referent self (the merely labeled “I”)
- “The wise” can differentiate between these two
- Self-grasping as our enemy
Verse 26, 27
- The “I” and “mine”
- Wrong view of the transitory collection (the perishing aggregates), the appearance of the aggregates, the innate grasping at the “I” and other phenomena
- Meditation on emptiness of self
- The object to be negated
- The process of negation
- The conventional valid cognizer
- The mind realizing emptiness
- The observed object
- The object of the mode of apprehension
- Question: When we meditate with good concentration in a sadhana and do self-generation, when we stop do we meditate on dependent arising to contradict nihilism?
- Question: Do ordinary beings apprehend the conventional “I”? What exactly is that?
Precious Garland 07 (download)