Ethics, the basis of Dharma practice, can become tainted by the eight worldly concerns.
Series: Parting from the Four Clingings (2013-14)
Venerable Chodron’s commentary to Parting from the Four Clingings, by Drakpa Gyaltsen, given during the 2013-2014 Chenrezig Retreats at Sravasti Abbey.
Hearing, thinking about, and meditating on the Dharma to overcome the four clingings.
Meditation is needed to overcome afflictions, but it can easily become tainted by mundane concerns.
Thinking about the reality of impermanence and death helps us let go of our strong attachment to the activities and appearances of this life.
Introduces Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s verses on Parting from the Four Clingings and begins analyzing the text.
Discusses the first verse of Parting from the Four Clingings, instructing to refrain from worldly motivations in Dharma practice.
Introduces the topic of renouncing the causes of suffering in cyclic existence.
The dukkha of pain and change are unavoidable in cyclic existence, hence we should strive to give up its causes.
Discusses what cyclic existence is and how we are deceived when we think we can tweak it to find happiness.
The true nature of phenomena and the natural nirvana that is in the nature of all persons and phenomena.