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Protecting the Mind:
Discipline Beyond Hope and Fear
- Seeing the basic qualities of the mind that needs protecting.
- Self-consciousness of ego, panic, and the need for meditation.
- The exploration of whether or not ego exists is the practitioner's journey. Real protection is allowing mind to be as it is.
Transcending the Boundaries of Self
Talk 1: "Self" defined as the perception of one's separateness from their environment and others – a mistaken awareness arising out of fear due to ignorance; the transcendence of ignorance and of territoriality and lack of generosity is the path to enlightenment.
Talk 2: Transcending fixation on self is the practice of generosity; fruition is complete transcendence of reference to self; three types of confidence arise from generosity: 1. Faith in the truth that suffering arising out of ignorance. 2. Conviction in the real possibility of enlightenment. 3. Confidence in the three jewels as the vehicle to achieve enlightenment.
Talk 3: Embracing the path of the bodhisattva, without expectation of reward; breaking down territory of self and boundary between self and others is generosity; three traditional ways of giving without thought of oneself: a. Giving material comfort or assistance. b. Giving fearlessness or security. c. Giving the teachings of buddhadharma.
Wheel of Life
- Talk 1: Complete description of confused existence; Yama (lord of death), Yamantaka (conqueror of death) and Bhava (becoming).
- Talk 2: Creation of an environment to sustain self.
- Talk 3: Realizing the cessation of suffering through thoroughly understanding the origin.
- Talk 4: Preventing the chain reaction.
Marpa: the Fruition of
Mahamudra in Everyday Life Five Talks
Rocky Mountain Dharma Center
Lonely Journey: Devotion
in the Kagyü Lineage
Devotion and its development from the student's perspective.
Summer and Fall 1977
Patience: The Armor of
Talk 1: Patience contrasted with aggression; essence of enlightened mind; detailed practice of patience in three parts; cutting the root of anger. QA: humbleness, 2-fold egolessness, and karmic consequences.
Talk 2: The three characteristics of patience; five contemplations on not harming others; obstacles and hardships; patience to be still and investigate. QA: how to practice in an earthquake, livelihood, and working with others.
Talk 3: Prajna as supporting factor of patience; compassion, awareness and shunyata; outcomes and results of patience. QA: not being fake, taking the blame, and armor as display of discipline.
Power & Wisdom
- Talk 1: Simple description of how to proceed on the path of liberating oneself from suffering.
- Talk 2: With effort one can penetrate the clouds of habitual mental patterns and recognize the awareness of simply being.
- Talk 3: Confusion becomes transformed into wisdom.
Sudden Glimpse: The Step
A continuation of the the New York City seminar
Transforming Confusion into Wisdom
Four Talks plus the preceding Public Talk
Los Angeles, California
Effort and Freedom
Talk 1: How to practice meditation without struggle;how to be, without self consciousness; freedom as the natural state of our being is the ground of meditation practice; memories of past events and expectations of future one's do not have to entrap our state of mind.
Talk 2: Effort is based on freedom to begin with; not a mechanistic or forced action, effort proceeds from the absence of conceptual notions about how to act; recognizing modes of laziness with respect to meditation practice and applying the antidotes reconnects us with the basic state of freedom.
Talk 3: Through meditation practice (effort) we first liberate ourselves from confused mind; this is the lesser enlightenment or realization of our Buddha nature; greater or complete enlightenment is realizing bodhicitta, the view of seeing others' potential as Buddha and the practice of compassion through the six paramitas.
Rain of Wisdom
An introduction to the lineage and our practice heritage.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Great Eastern Sun: Joining Heaven and Earth
Art in Everyday Life
A Community Talk,
prepared for the 21st commemoration of the Vajra Regent's parinirvana, 2011
December 2, 1987
Talk 1: Command lineage and its history; the ordinary experience of wisdom we miss; putting oneself on the line through practice; devotion as natural state of mind that arises from space
Talk 2: How practice manifests in one's life; emphasis on experience without attachment; not leading to anything; being truly settled and effortless; devotion as naked state of being
Talk 3: Fruition - realization of the indivisibility of mind, guru and phenomena; three bodies; benefiting others just by being alone