1 S.S. Dalai Lama: Quattro Nobili Verità 1981 Dharamsala

Sua Santità il Dalai Lama: "La sofferenza che tutto pervade è sotto il controllo del karma e dei fattori disturbanti la mente".

Sua Santità il Dalai Lama: "La sofferenza che tutto pervade è sotto il controllo del karma e dei fattori disturbanti la mente".

Prima parte dell’insegnamento sulle Quattro Nobili Verità di Sua Santità il Dalai Lama il 7 ottobre 1981 a Dharamsala, India.

Traduzione dal’inglese in italiano ed editing del Dott. Luciano Villa, dell’Ing. Alessandro Tenzin Villa e di Graziella Romania nell’ambito del Progetto “Free Dalai Lama’s Teachings” per il beneficio di tutti gli esseri senzienti.

Sua Santità il Dalai Lama

Quando il grande maestro universale Buddha Shakyamuni iniziò a parlare del Dharma nel nobile terra d’India, insegnò le Quattro Nobili Verità:

1. la verità della sofferenza,

2. la causa della sofferenza,

3. la cessazione della sofferenza e

4. il percorso per la cessazione della sofferenza.  Continue reading »

Seeking an Inner Refuge

Seeking an Inner Refuge

By His Holiness the Dalai Lama at New Delhi, India 1960s

The purpose of Buddhism

From the Buddhist point of view, the minds of ordinary people are weak and distorted because of the delusions and emotional afflictions they carry within. As a result, they are unable to see things as they actually exist; what they see is a vision that is twisted and defined by their own emotional neuroses and preconceptions.

The purpose of Buddhism is to remove these distortions from the mind and thus facilitate valid perception. As long as we have not uprooted our delusions our perception remains tainted; when we eradicate them we enter a state of always seeing reality as it is. Then, because our mind abides in perfect wisdom and liberation, our body and speech automatically course in wholesome ways. This benefits not only us but also others, in both this life and those that follow. Therefore, Buddhism is said to be a path not simply of faith but also one of reason and knowledge.

How to study Buddhism

Tibetans are fortunate to have been born into a society where spiritual knowledge was both available and highly appreciated. However, having been born into it perhaps we sometimes took it for granted. The Buddha himself said, “Test my words as carefully as goldsmiths assay gold and only then accept them.” The Buddha taught people of all backgrounds and levels of intelligence for a long period of time. Consequently, each of his teachings must be weighed carefully for meaning and evaluated to determine whether it is literally true or only figuratively so. Many teachings were given in particular circumstances or to beings of limited understanding. Accepting any doctrine or aspect of a doctrine without first scrutinizing it analytically is like building a castle upon ice—one’s practice will be unstable and lack fundamental strength and depth. Continue reading »