Join Venerable Drimay as she discusses and leads meditations on the famous verse from The Diamond Cutter Sutra.
• July 26
• August 2
• August 9
Here is the link to the materials for this class.
KAR MA RAB RIB MAR ME DANG
A star, a visual aberration, a flame of a lamp,
GYU MA ZIL PA CHHU BUR DANG
An illusion, a drop of dew, or a bubble,
MI LAM LOG DANG TRIN TA BUR
A dream, a flash of lightning, a cloud –
DÜ JÄ CHHÖ NAM DI TAR TA
See conditioned things as such!
Isn’t the imagery in this verse so poetic? The examples here give us a way to remember that things are not the way they appear, each time we see a candle or a cloud, etc., in our daily life.
In these sessions, we will learn the meaning of each simile from this famous verse, relying on teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the Light of the Path retreats. The verse itself comes at the end of an important shorter sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom, Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra, often translated as the Diamond Cutter Sutra (or less-precisely, Diamond Sutra), a Buddhist scripture which is venerated throughout the Mahayana Buddhist world.
We will watch some video clips from the Light of the Path retreats and then try out the meditations that Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught. From the Living in the Path course description for one of these modules:
Ignorance hallucinates true existence; then attachment and anger add on their own exaggerations, which we believe. This is how we suffer. During these sessions, we will come to understand well the view of ignorance – the gag-cha, the object to be refuted – and learn skillful ways to combat the hallucination of true existence with the truth of reality.
“First, look at your hallucination, the way things appear, and then think of how the arya beings see them – as totally empty. Meditate on that; this is sooo good. It is an atomic bomb destroying the root of samsara, the root of all the sufferings, delusions and karma.”
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche
All are welcome.