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Devotion and Lineage- Lotus Garden – 2-19-12 (AM)- Lopon Jann Jackson

Good morning everyone. So this morning we did a session of shamatha as a way of reminding ourselves that without the foundation of stable calm attention, simply learning produces a lot of mental excitement. It is very easy to lose calmness, awareness, effect on environment. We are trying to balance a lot of material, learning history, including history not by practitioners. Who were the ancestors? What did they teach? How were they preserved?    How is all that integrated? hear, contemplate, and integrate by taking that knowledge in in non-conceptual space of awareness. That becomes power when it is part of your mindstream.  Shamatha–vipashyna is the bridge.

Just like that beautiful stupa in the slideshow, we know stupa has symbolism – bhumis at the spire. Can’t have that without the foundation. You need shamatha for stability and vipashyna for wisdom. [First, practice the] Four Foundations of Mindfulness, to see experience as non-substantial yet apparent. Then, practice the 4 Limitless Ones to build compassion. Then, practice the Vajrayana, [to] let it manifest, seeing things as they are. Instead of waiting for things to be perfect, which is the samsaric approach, we are seeing them as perfect, which is Vajrayana approach.

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Contemplating Reality: Introduction to Madhyamaka, Part 3

The Washington D.C. Khandro Rinpoche study group had a three-class presentation on the Dharma logic known as the Madhyamaka in the spring of 2013 in preparation for the on-going Shedra at Lotus Garden with Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche in the summer. These discussions were lead by Larry Akey,  who prepared this PowerPoint presentations.  Many of us found it an excellent primer/reminder, so, with Larry’s permission, I am posting them here.  This is Part 3, from May 22, 2013.

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Contemplating Reality 3(Conclusion)

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Contemplating Reality: Introduction to Madhyamaka, Part 2

The Washington D.C. Khandro Rinpoche study group had a three-class presentation on the Dharma logic known as the Madhyamaka in the spring of 2013 in preparation for the on-going Shedra at Lotus Garden with Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche in the summer. These discussions were lead by Larry Akey,  who prepared this PowerPoint presentations.  Many of us found it an excellent primer/reminder, so, with Larry’s permission, I am posting them here.  This is Part 2, from May 8, 2013.

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Contemplating Reality 2(Concluded in Part 3)

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Contemplating Reality: Introduction to Madhyamaka, Part 1

The Washington D.C. Khandro Rinpoche study group had a three-class presentation on the Dharma logic known as the Madhyamaka in the spring of 2013 in preparation for the on-going Shedra at Lotus Garden with Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche in the summer. These discussions were lead by Larry Akey,  who prepared this PowerPoint presentations.  Many of us found it an excellent primer/reminder, so, with Larry’s permission, I am posting them here.  This is Part 1, from April 24, 2013.

Contemplating Reality, Part 1(Continued in Part 2)

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Vajra Splinters / Diamond Slivers Reasoning – Analyses of Madhyamaka – Khenmo Trinlay

(ed. note: I had been asked some senior student friends for an explanation of the Buddhist logical argument called by some “The Tiny Vajra” (also know as the ‘Vajra Splinters’), and got this response from Khenmo Trinlay Chödron, who is well known as a teacher and Dharma scholar, and for being the editor of several books by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche including what many regard as the definitive translation of Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation.  Khenmo-la said I could post this piece she wrote several years ago if it seemed like it could be of benefit. – JTR/LWWD)

Context

We are trying to determine the ultimate nature of phenomena: reality as it (actually) is, not necessarily the way we ordinarily perceive it. Vajra Splinters is just one of many lines of analysis that examine this question. Others look at whether motion or activity can actually happen, some examine “where” or “when” phenomena can be said to exist. Some cut phenomena into infinitesimal pieces to determine whether matter exists. Others look to concepts such as dependent origination or impermanence for answers.

The point of all the different types of analysis is to break down our stubborn view of reality. This, in turn, will reduce our afflicting emotions; suffering is also proportionately reduced and enlightenment is that much closer. Continue reading

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Tiny Vajra/ Vajra Splinter – Analyses of Madhyamaka

(ed. note: The Washington, D.C. Khandro Rinpoche study group was reviewing recordings of the Lotus Garden Shedra in 2011 where Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche was teaching on Chandrakirti’s Introduction to the Middle Way, Chapter 5 and start of Chapter 6 and talking about an argument known as the ‘tiny vajra’.  It turns out there wasn’t much on the Web about this topic. There was a flurry of emails about this topic, which I thought an excellent explanation of a difficult topic for thick-headed yogis like myself. These have been edited into one voice in this teaching below.  The main author(s) wish to remain anonymous.  May this be of benefit. – JTR/LWWD)

Question: What IS  the ‘tiny vajra’ thing Dzigar Kongtrol keeps referring to?

Ah, so I immediately ran down into my basement to find my ancient copy of Thrangu Rinpoche’s Open Door to Emptiness, a Discussion of Madhyamaka Logic.

It says in the introduction where the book came from (I’ve added some words in [brackets]):

Mipham Rinpoche, the great [19th century] Nyingma scholar, brought together the essential points of all the major commentaries and arranged them in a more readily understandable way under the heading of “The Four Analyses.” [which is a part of MR’s encyclopedic Gateway to Knowledge.] Based on Mipham’s presentation, Thrangu Rinpoche gave the teachings he has entitled The Open Door to Emptiness to a group of his Western disciples in Boudhanath, Nepal, in June, 1977.

Now, for  the question of the ‘tiny vajra’: Chapter Five gives an overview of the four analyses, and the first paragraph goes thusly:

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Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche – Lotus Garden Shedra 2011 – Chandrakirti – July 5-6, 2011

Chandrakirti’s Introduction to the Middle Way

Chapter 5 – July 5, 2011

start of Chapter 6  – July 6, 2011

Chapter 5- Hard to keep

The Great Ones on the ground called Hard to Keep cannot be overcome by all the hosts of demons. Strong in concentration, excellent in mind, In subtle grasp of truth they have great skill.  

 Hard to keep

A: The definition

“The great ones who dwell on the fifth ground, Hard to Keep, cannot be overwhelmed or defeated by demonic forces. “ Continue reading

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Review of 2006 Shedra – Lopon Jann Jackson – Morning – 4/14/07

We are going to do a Review of H.E. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s teaching at 2006 Shedra.  Shedra is a total immersion training program to turn away from ordinary activities with body speech and mind.  After years of training, one doesn’t just get a degree.  A khenpo gets a PHD in being a complete human being.

For the next 2 ½ hours, you will not be thinking your usual thoughts. You are doing something different. At the beginning of a day, you are setting aspiration for entire day. Ordinary activities are being turned away from. Hopefully this sparks some inquisitiveness.

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5 Skandhas – DC MJ Khandro Rinpoche study group – 11/16/11

Beth Roberts, Facilitator

I found it very useful to go from the description of the Skandhas in “Indestructible Truth” by Reginald Ray.  We start out with a feeling of existing, being a me – my body, my mind.

“These analyses require that we suspend the ordinary division of experience into “self” and “other,” “inside” and “outside,” “body” and “mind,” and observe instead from the perspective of dynamic fields of sensory experience.” – pg. 131, Ways of Enlightenment

If we examine our experience, we find fields of experience, without any need for the existence of a self. The reason we study the categories, like the Skandhas, is to break the hold of the belief that we are unitary.

In other words, what at first appears to be just a list, if we spend time with it, it will simultaneously cool the emotions and shake our up idea of who we are.Ways of enlightenment

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5 Skandhas – DC Khandro Rinpoche study group – 11/16/11

I found it very useful to go from the description of the Skandhas in “Indestructible Truth” by Reginald Ray.  We start out with a feeling of existing, being a me – my body, my mind.

“These analyses require that we suspend the ordinary division of experience into “self” and “other,” “inside” and “outside,” “body” and “mind,” and observe instead from the perspective of dynamic fields of sensory experience.” – pg. 131, “Ways of Enlightenment

 If we examine our experience, we find fields of experience, without any need for the existence of a self. The reason we study the categories, like the Skandhas, is to break the hold of the belief that we are unitary.  Continue reading

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