We welcome individuals of all paths and understandings to participate in weekly gatherings consisting of meditation, meditative reading and review along with group reflection on Buddhist principles and practices or Dharma. The only reqirement for the class is an open mind and open heart!
Study Topic for Wednesday 8/19/09:
Chapter 9 - Wisdom
Way of the Bodhisattva by 8th Century Master, Shantideva (This well-known and loved text focuses on the cultivation and enhancement of Bodhicitta-a quality of completely open, or completely awakened heart and mind.)
First, the topic of Wisdom that Shantideva is revealing in this chapter is that of Emptiness, or Shunyata in Tibetan. Emptiness is the essential teaching found in the Heart Sutra, expounded by the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, (Kwan Seum Posal in Korean). We are familiar with this sutra that says, "emptiness is form and form is emptiness", but what exactly does this mean? It is important to begin the study with a reflection on the Two Truths; the Relative and the Ultimate, or also described as, the rational and suprarational. In Buddhist thought Relative Truth represents the nature of things as they seem to appear, arising from conception, theories and rational thought, etc. Ultimate Truth arises from an understanding of phenomena as it truly is - beyond conceptual identification and thought. Paradoxically, to cultivate bodhicitta is to meditate on these two truths in order to transcend both.
This is the core of Bodhicitta. What do you think of Emptiness?
Relative and Ultimate, These two truths are declared to be. The Ultimate is not within reach of intellect, for intellect is said to be Relative.WOB,chapter 9,verse 2
When something and its nonexistence Both are absent from before the mind, No other option does the latter have: It comes to perfect rest from objects free.
WOB,chapter 9,verse 34
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