A series of good rebirths that allow Dharma practice is necessary to attain awakening. Nagarjuna identifies the practices that lead to upper rebirth.
Series: Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness Retreat (New York 2017 & 2019)
Ethical conduct is primary cause of higher rebirth. Developing ethical conduct involves abandoning thirteen activities and engaging in three practices.
In order to create the causes for upper rebirth and awakening it’s important to discern what is an unmistaken path and what are wrong paths.
The way things appear to us is not the way they exist. To attain liberation and awakening the wisdom realizing how things and persons really exist is essential.
Emphasizing the importance of ethical conduct to secure a precious human rebirth, and explaining the meaning of virtuous and nonvirtuous actions.
Teaching on creating the causes for happiness, disadvantages of self-centered thought, and dependent arising.
Exploring ultimate and conventional truths and teaching on how to avoid the two extremes of absolutism and nihilism.
Exploring how meditation on emptiness and bodhicitta provides a way to let go of our biases, prejudices, and restrictive self-identities.