Emptiness of self

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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.

Verses 25-27

  • 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

Verse 25

  • “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?

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