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- Explanation of Prayers before Teaching
- Recitation (in Tibetan) of Prayers before Teaching
- Dedication Prayers (Explanation & Recitation
DOWNLOAD MP3 Recordings of the first 15 Classes of the Spring 2016 Term here.
DOWNLOAD MP3 Recordings of FALL 2016 CLASSES
CLASS ONE - Monday, 19 SEPT 2016:
- 1 Track.
CLASS TWO - Wednesday, SEPT. 21, 2016:
CLASS THREE - Friday, SEPT. 22, 2016
- Track 1 - [Text, p. 157]
- Demonstrating that [Ishvara] Being the Creator of Everything is Negated by Pramana. Presentation & discussion of commentary by contemporary master.
- It is not Correct that Permanent [Ishvara] is a Cause. Presentation & discussion of commentary by Gyaltsab Je.
- Topics presented and discussed include:
- Continua; How do phenomena exist?
- How can phenomena made of infinitely divisible parts that are changing in infinitely incremental time be posited?
- Track 2 - Cause & Effect.
- Presentation & discussion of Dharmakirti’s verse:
To be a cause, [he] not [be] accepted to be a non-cause.
CLASS FOUR - Monday, SEPT. 26, 2016 - NOTE: Tracks posted 3/22/2017
Track 1 - Review: Impermanence inseparable from Cause & Effect; Q&A
Track 2 - Buddhist scriptural presentation Refuting Permanent-Omnipotent Creator: Ishvara cannot be both the Cause & Non-Cause of Rice in a Paddy.
CLASS FIVE - Tuesday, SEPT. 28, 2016 - NOTE: Track #1 posted 3/22/2017
Track 1 - Innate Grasping at Permanence Leads to Our Problems:
- Understanding Reasonings Why a Permanent Creator Cannot Exist Undermines our Misperceptions of Permanence In transient phenomena
- Can a Permanent Ishvara Be the Cause & Non-Cause of Rice?
- A Cause of a Thing Must Hold the Potential to Produce that Thing
- Many Syllogisms & Absurd Consequences of Faulty Thinking are required in order to Change Innate Misperceptions
- Being Of One Nature But Different Isolates
- All Our Experience/Perceptions Depend on Two Types of Minds
- The Imputed Is Different from & of One Nature with its Basis of Designation — e.g., Self Is of One Nature with Body-Mind & Self Is Not the Body &/or Mind
- Synonymous Phenomena
- Parts & Their Part-Possessor
- Generalities & Instances
- Applying Those Three Relations to Phenomena:
- Merely Imputed Phenomena Exist
Track 2 - Text: pp.140-142:
- We Create Our Own Reality with our Conceptual Minds
- Pervasion & No Pervasion - Correct & Faulty Logical Reasoning
- Syllogism Structure & Function:
- A is B because it is C
- Positive & Negative Concomitance
- Causes as ‘Assistants’
- Backwards Causes & Effects
- Repetition in Dharma Practice
CLASS SIX - Friday, SEPT. 30, 2016
No Classes were held during H.H. Dalai Lama Teachings, October 3-5.
CLASS SEVEN - Friday, OCT 7, 2016 - Review and Q&A of H.H. Dalai Lama Teachings. [Recording will be Uploaded when it is available]
CLASS EIGHT - Monday, OCT. 10, 2016 - NOTE: Tracks posted 3/24/2017
Track 1 - Review.
Track 2 - Continue text, p. 143: How a Consciousness is Generated. Direct & Indirect Causes of Results.
- Track 3 - Assertion re Three Conditions (རྐྱེན་གསུམ་ - rkyen gsum) Necessary for any Sense Consciousness to Arise:
- observed object condition (དམིགས་རྐྱེན་ - dmigs rkyen)
- empowering condition (བདག་རྐྱེན་ - bdag rkyen)
- immediately preceding condition (དེ་མ་ཐག་རྐྱེན་ - de ma thag rkyen)