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.
- The “aspect I” and “referent I” and how they appear to the wisdom realizing emptiness directly and to ordinary beings
- The analogy of a reflection in a mirror
- False appearance and how it does not harm appearance or function
- Conventional existence
- Another meditation on emptiness of the person
- The continuum of a person
- A specific “I” for each lifetime
- A general “I” over many lifetimes that are related through karma
- Brief overview of the 12 links of dependent arising
- Looking at the 12 links over several lifetimes
- How to cut the 12 links
- Best places to cut are at feeling and craving or at death
- Stopping the craving and grasping
- Seeing all as emptiness
- Refuting inherent existence—other texts that are referred to are
- The Diamond Slivers
- The Fundamental Wisdom by Nagarjuna
- The production of things
- From self
- From inherently existent others
- From a combination of self and others
- Or without causes (nihilists) there’s no inherent production from any of these
- Questions and answers
- Is the person who is a collection of aggregates a conventional existence?
- About rebirth, there are different Buddhist traditions: in Theravadan Buddhism, you are trying for liberation for yourself—but aren’t you also caring for the person in the next life of your mind continuum?
- To ordinary beings, we see and fear danger—is that from the “I” being in danger?
- The self-grasping “I” is to be negated in emptiness meditation, how does that relate to the “I” in tonglen meditation?
- What is the moment of consciousness when the seed ripens?
Precious Garland 08 (download)