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Roots of cyclic existence

Roots of cyclic existence

Part of a series of teachings by Geshe Jampa Tegchok on Nagarjuna’s A Precious Garland of Advice to a King given at Sravasti Abbey in 2008.

  • The two roots of cyclic existence are self-grasping of the person and self-grasping of phenomena
  • The negative karmas binding us to the wheel of cyclic existence
  • How does one leave cyclic existence
  • Wisdom realizing emptiness is the real antidote to the self-grasping mind
  • Emptiness connotes the middle way, free of the two extremes of true existence and non-existence
  • The importance of the realization of emptiness

01 Precious Garland with Geshe Jampa Tegchok (download)

Khensur Jampa Tegchok

Born in 1930, Khensur Jampa Tegchok was a Geshe Lharampa and the former abbot of Sera-je Monastic University. He became a monk at the age of eight and studied all of the major Buddhist treatises at Sera-je before fleeing his homeland of Tibet in 1959. His book "Transforming the Heart: The Buddhist Way to Joy and Courage" is a commentary on "The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas" and describes the bodhisattva path. He is also the author of "Insight into Emptiness." He passed away in October, 2014.