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Dharamsala 09.30.08: H.H. Dalai Lama’s teaching day 1

We must premise that these are just simple notes from His Holiness teachings listened from english translator and taken by hand and downloaded to the computer immediately after the teaching. Certainly we can not offer you a precise transcription of what His Holiness said in his teachings, who speaks in Tibetan. So please forgive us if there are mistakes or misunderstandings.

Please download the reference text Commentary to the awakening mind by Nagarjuna here.

Luciano Villa e Alessandro Tenzin Villa e Gabriele Erba

Nuns laughing

Vel Tenzin Ani La smiling toward His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Despite all your duties you find time to come to the teachings. Thank you. Unfortunately the deteriorating situation in China will not allow me to visit Taiwan every other year as planned, so for you coming here is the only possibility to follow the teachings.

I am a Buddhist monk and I have to serve the people through the teachings and that what i am eager to do. Everybody.

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Dharamsala 10.01.08: H.H. Dalai Lama’s teaching day 2

We must premise that these are just simple notes from His Holiness teachings listened from english translator and taken by hand and downloaded to the computer immediately after the teaching. Certainly we can not offer you a precise transcription of what His Holiness said in his teachings, who speaks in Tibetan. So please forgive us if there are mistakes or misunderstandings.

Please download the reference text Commentary to the awakening mind by Nagarjuna here.

Luciano Villa e Alessandro Tenzin Villa e Gabriele Erba

Tibetans devotion
Tibetans devotion

The direct method or direct tool, is the one directly associated to the Buddha, to the Sangha, in the form of sensation, which take the form of Bodichitta and understand emptiness. Because of that, we say: we take refuge in Buddha and in the Dharma, which is the protector. This happen through meditation.

One has to reach a strong belief about the path, that is why one has to hear the teachings about the Dharma, so, for you, your teacher has to become someone familiar with the Dharma, better if he has direct experience of it.

Take the case of Bodhisattvacharyavatara. This text offers rich instruction and suggestions in terms of in every day life practice. But in terms of ranks of the different paths, the text does not offer comprehensive and detailed instructions, so you need someone who organize it for you.

Like in Vinaya, it is the local Lama who drives you into the practice and then it will be another Lama who will take you in their specific field. The master has to be someone who generate Dharma into his heart. A genuine lama should be one able to lead you in the path, so he should detain qualities such as equanimity, compassion, wisdom, lovely kindness…

These qualities must represent the Dharma within the heart of the master.

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Dharamsala 10.02.08: H.H. Dalai Lama’s teaching day 3

We must premise that these are just simple notes from His Holiness teachings listened from english translator and taken by hand and downloaded to the computer immediately after the teaching. Certainly we can not offer you a precise transcription of what His Holiness said in his teachings, who speaks in Tibetan. So please forgive us if there are mistakes or misunderstandings.

Please download the reference text Commentary to the awakening mind by Nagarjuna here.

Luciano Villa e Alessandro Tenzin Villa e Gabriele Erba

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the start of the teaching

His Holiness the Dalai Lama prayer at the start of the teaching

The very foundational stone for establishing the edifice of enlightenment is compassion. As a cooperative condition, or support, for that to finally succeed is the understanding of emptiness.

One has to be fully informed to understand bodhicitta. But, then, how can one reach understanding of emptiness? It is  not an easy task, indeed.

Even in dream, when we dream of different things, even there, things appear to be existing in a very real way, making us believe in their existence. This should make us understand in what deep darkness we are dwelling.

On the top of that we are imprisoned in the self grasping.

In one of the Prajnaparamita sutra, Buddha said that mind doesn’t posses mind, for the nature of mind is the clear light. Mind is empty of mind, so the first teaching of Buddha on it, in terms of its causes, refer to the mind as empty of mind. Then, in His second turn of the wheel, Buddha underlined how completely empty of whatsoever essence is the mind.

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Dharamsala 10.03.08: H.H. Dalai Lama’s teachings day 4

We must premise that these are just simple notes from His Holiness teachings listened from english translator and taken by hand and downloaded to the computer immediately after the teaching. Certainly we can not offer you a precise transcription of what His Holiness said in his teachings, who speaks in Tibetan. So please forgive us if there are mistakes or misunderstandings.

Please download the reference text Commentary to the awakening mind by Nagarjuna here.

Luciano Villa e Alessandro Tenzin Villa e Gabriele Erba

His Holiness smiles while he is arriving to the temple

His Holiness the Dalai lama smiles while he is arriving at the main temple

SALUTATION TO THE BUDDHA FOR THEIR COMPASSION AND THEIR TEACHINGS ON DEPENDENT ORIGINATION.

The founder of Buddhism is Buddha Shakyamuni belonging on the Shakya Clan. Belonging to the clan of conqueror. He have conquered the afflictions and obscuration, he completely overcame them. He conquered demons, on 2 level: emotional abstraction and obscuration to omniscience.

So he has completely overcame them and that is why he is a conqueror. For general calculation he appeared on this earth 2600 years ago. Considering those religion with a philosophical foundation Buddhism is one the oldest. A part from Buddhism we can count Egyptian philosophy as one of the oldest.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama just enquired how old Tao Chao was?

Almost 2000 years was the answer but the audience has some doubt on it. Then also Chinese civilization which is quite old.

Now that we are in the 21st century, we have reached incredible high level on the side of technology. But in regard to mental peace and the cultivation in developing moral values, they don’t seem to benefit a lot.

When we look back in history is then that we had a new awakeness a new raising that people stood up and tried to discover their inner world. That was the case of Hinduism and also of Buddhism. The latter with teachings on the dependent level of phenomena on their empty nature.

WHAT IS THE CORE MESSAGE OF BUDDHISM?

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