Starting with a summary of His Holiness’ perspective on universal spiritual values. Identifying our counterproductive emotions as the source of all trouble.
Series: How to See Yourself As You Really Are (Annual Retreat)
Part of a series of teachings from the ongoing annual retreat on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book titled How to See Yourself as You Really Are at Sravasti Abbey.
Examples of how we actively misapprehend reality and the problems it brings.
How the mind reifies objects, creating false appearances, causing afflictions to arise.
As long as we have the seeds of anger in our mind, we will find someone to hate; always finding something to complain about because of the seeds of attachment.
Explaining the three ways of seeing objects. Showing how impermanent phenomena depend on each other and don’t exist in and of themselves.
Teaching the method side of the path, reflecting on how we are completely dependent on the kindness of others can deepen our understanding of emptiness.
Teaching on the three types of dependence and how to analyze the way phenomena and persons exist in dependence on parts and thought.
A teaching on the difference between conventional and ultimate analysis of objects in order to establish their emptiness of inherent existence.
Understanding phenomena are empty of inherent existence because they are dependent arising. Avoid notion of independent things and denial of cause and effect.
An understanding of cause and effect is necessary for and compatible with the realization of emptiness. Avoid extreme exaggeration and denial of existence.