The value and method of learning the Dharma, and how to listen well.
Series: The Foundation of Buddhist Practice (2018-19)
Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on the second volume of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on Buddhist theories of perception and the foundation stages of the Buddhist path.
Three of the four “seals,” the marks of how to determine a scripture or text is Buddhist by view.
The fourth seal, that nirvana is true peace, and the importance of the sequence of the four seals, and how they relate to the four truths.
The two truths, ultimate and veiled truths, and the four types of reliable cognizers according to Chandrakirti.
The seven types of awareness according to the Sautantrika tenet school, and the four types of reliable cognizers according to the Prasangika tenet school.
The types of awarenesses, direct and inferential reliable cognizers, and how to understand syllogisms.
The relationship between wrong consciousnesses and our emotional life, and reliable cognizers based on example and authority.
Reliable cognizers based on authoritative testimony, and how to undertake the threefold analysis to determine whether a scripture is valid or not.
Three kinds of doubt, the Prasangika view of reliable cognizers, and how to know when we have a correct reason and reliable cognizer.
The relationship between our thinking patterns and types of cognizers, and how inferential reliable cognizers relate to meditation.