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Teaching and Meditation Activity of Kunsang Gar

 

Meditation on Dzogchen

We contemplate about our condition.  As we have learned, we always follow our conception and thoughts.  For many past lifetimes our lives have been going like that. Consequently, we always have suffering and negative things come.  Right now we feel sad about that.  We must feel sad and also fearful that this will continue in the future. How do we contemplate for Natural Mind?  The teaching says there are two connected objects of contemplation: Be in Freshness and Be Free From Effort. You don’t doubt; you can be determined about this.  You don’t need to think about other things or look for any other meanings. Freshness means to stay in the present without grasping at the present.  If you stay in Freshness, you don’t make any effort.  You stay Natural, and then there is no Effort.  This is how to contemplate for Natural Mind.

 

Stages of the path.
Stages of the path “ Lamrim” was originated by the great Atisha in 11th century and later it was elaborated by Tibetan experts, particularly by Je Tsongkhapa, in 14th century. Lamrim as we say in Tibetan has eased the accessibility of summary of Sutra and Tantra practice and one could practice both at the same time, which was otherwise forbidden before Lamrim was originated. As of today’s time, Bon and Buddhism both have embraced the practice of Lamrim as the main path to enlightenment. Lamrim is also known as The Jewel Ornament of Liberation in English translation.

Paramita. (Perfection)
Paramita in Buddhim is a path guiding aspirants towards unobstructed life through 6 perfections (paramitas). Perfecting 6 paramitas would lead to change the existing perception of the world and help to step out of materialistic and egocentric mentality. In nutshell, Paramita is the gateway to enlightenment and I take it as great honor to help aspirants seeking the gateway.

Madhayamika. (Middle Path)
Madhayamika focuses on “The Two Truths” i.e. Ultimate Truth and Conventional Truth. This philosophy was conceived by the great Nagarjuna and later Patsap Nyima Drak in 11th century translated a part of this great work into Tibetan texts which became highly popular. Mādhyamaka is a source of methods for approaching paramita, or "perfection of wisdom", the sixth of the Six Perfections of the bodhisattva path, and the third of the three higher trainings of Buddhism. Madhayamika, due to its wide significance, is practiced separately and I consider it as my duty to teach this. However, there have been a few differences on explanation of “The Two Truths” by Tibetan experts prior and post 14th century.

Tibetan Grammar and Literature
Tibetan, a language spoken by over 6 million people around the world, is almost synonymous with Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion, pre-Buddhist religion indigenous to Tibet. Since most of the early invaluable pieces of Buddhist religious and literary texts are translated into Tibetan texts, number of enthusiasts to Tibetan language continues to grow but with limited number of teachers and experts. This is where I intend and hope to play a significant role.

 

Science of evidence. (Epistemology)
Buddhist philosophy is strongly based on reasoning (epistemology) and so one should study about epistemology before learning Tibetan Buddhism. Both Buddhism and Bon agree on the significance and reliability of epistemology in the practice of respective religions. Epistemology discusses existence of innumerable spirits, some of which are beyond explanation of the modern science. Teachings on such wide topic would immensely benefit Buddhist enthusiasts and I hope to be a part of this knowledge sharing.