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Self and suffering, part 2 with questions and answers

Self and suffering, part 2 with questions and answers

Part of a series of teachings by Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe on Dharmakirti’s commentary on Dignaga’s Compendium on Valid Cognition. In Tibetan with English translation by Katrina Brooks, resident translator at the Deer Park Buddhist Center in Wisconsin.

  • It’s not possible to be freed from samsara without abandoning self-grasping
  • It’s not possible to get rid of attachment when one asserts a self
  • It’s not possible to get rid of attachment just by viewing it as flawed
  • Questions and answers
    • The argument proving omniscience
    • Refuting self-disparagement
    • Is it practical to first investigate the self-sufficient, substantially existent self?
    • The pain of clinging to an I
    • Can you use exchanging self and other to approach emptiness?
    • Are both wisdom and bodhicitta needed to remove cognitive obscurations?
    • Can ordinary people see the merely designated self?
    • Do stream enterers realize all levels of selflessness?
    • Is self-centered thought based on the self-sufficient, substantially existent self?
    • Subtle self-centered thought

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe was born in 1930 in Lhokha, Central Tibet and became a monk at the age of 13. After completing his studies at Drepung Loseling Monastery in 1969, he was awarded Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree in the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is an emeritus professor at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies and an eminent scholar of both Madhyamaka and Indian Buddhist studies. His works include Hindi translations of The Essence of Good Explanation of Definitive and Interpretable Meanings by Lama Tsongkhapa and Kamalasila's commentary on the Rice Seedling Sutra. His own commentary, The Rice Seedling Sutra: Buddha’s Teachings on Dependent Arising, was translated into English by Joshua and Diana Cutler and published by Wisdom Publications. Geshela has facilitated many research works, such as a complete translation of Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, a major project undertaken by the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey where he teaches regularly.