How Things Exist: Teachings on Emptiness

How Things Exist Teachings on Emptiness This book begins with a general talk on universal responsibility and compassion that is followed by four chapters detailing the Prasangika Madhyamaka view of emptiness or ultimate reality as taught

  • Title: How Things Exist: Teachings on Emptiness
  • Author: Thubten Zopa
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  • Page: 274
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  • This book begins with a general talk on universal responsibility and compassion that is followed by four chapters detailing the Prasangika Madhyamaka view of emptiness, or ultimate reality, as taught in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and how to meditate on it, according to the author s personal experience.

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      Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche Tibetan , Wylie Thub bstan Bzod pa, often published as Lama Zopa Rinpoche , the spiritual director of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, is held to be the reincarnation of the Sherpa Nyingma yogi Kunsang Yeshe, the Lawudo Lama Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, not far from the cave Lawudo, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, where his predecessor meditated for the last twenty years of his life While his predecessor had belonged to the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the Lawudo Lama himself had been a great master of the complete tantric teachings of the Nyingma tradition.Rinpoche left Thami when he was about 4 years old and was put in a Monastery that was very close to the border of Nepal and Tibet Rinpoche stayed at this Monastery for several years until he went to Tibet and took getsul ordination in 1958, and continued his studies in Domo Geshe s monastery in Phagri, Tibet.In 1959 Rinpoche escaped from Tibet and continued his studies in Sera Jhe monastery in Buxa Duar, in the north of India This is where the Indian Government housed the monks from Sera, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries who wanted to continue their studies, along with monks from the other sects It was at Bux a Duar that Rinpoche became the disciple of Geshe Rabten Rinpoche and then of Lama Thubten Yeshe Frida Bedi then invited him to join her school for incarnate lamas in Dalhousie where they were given the chance to learn English for 6 months Upon the completion returned to Buxa Duar and his studies.Lama Yeshe and Zopa Rinpoche s contact with Westerners began in 1965 in Darjeeling, when they met Princess Zina Rachevsky from Russia She became the Lamas first Western student In 1969 they founded the Nepal Mahayana Gompa Center at Kopan, above Boudhnath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal At the insistence of Zina Rachevsky the Lamas started to teach courses on Buddhism for Westerns at Kopan.In 1971 Rinpoche took gelong ordination from His Holiness Ling Rinpoche in Bodh Gaya By 1975, twelve centers had started In 1976, the growing worldwide organization was named by Lama Yeshe the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition FPMT The FPMT is an organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and service.There are 147 FPMT centers and projects worldwide as of March 2007.FPMT currently has 8 standard Buddhist education programs that are taught in many of the centers Two of these, the Masters Program and the Basic Program are committed courses of 6 and 5 years of study respectively Based on the great philosophical texts studied in the monasteries of Tibet, FPMT holds to rigid standards of translation and has a passion for authentic texts to ensure that complete accuracy of the meaning found within these profound texts is not forfeited in the transmission from East to West.Lama Zopa Rinpoche has many other projects around the world one of the most important is the 500ft Maitreya Statue that Rinpoche is building in Bodh Gaya that will include schools, hospitals and other social projects such as Leprosy clinics these social projects are already in existence and have been functioning for the last15 years Some of the other projects that Rinpoche has founded are Sera Jhe food fund which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday to 2700 monks The Lama Tsong Khapa Teacher Fund offers an allowance to themain 100 teachers in the Gelukpa tradition from various monasteries Rinpoche also has a number of other funds that are for building holy objects, such as Stupas, prayer wheels etc Rinpoche has a very strong interest in collecting texts from all the different traditions.

    508 thoughts on “How Things Exist: Teachings on Emptiness”

    1. Much to think about upon completion of this book. The subject of emptiness is very difficult to explain but one of the key aspects of Buddhism. Lama Zopa does a good job of explaining it. In a sense, emptiness is like a logic problem and when it is not explained right it can get confusing. However in this book, you get a good sense of its meaning. A good primer for someone who is interested in this subject.


    2. „Reality“ Reality, Reality. It’s taken me several decades of lived experience and nearly a decade of mindful awareness to know the Truth of what the Lama explains here. Now that I do, his teachings are very very clear to me. Simple in fact. Highly recommended for anyone with an open and receptive mind and heart.


    3. This is more a book (um, ok, a series of ad-hoc talks) on dependent arising.Nothing earth-shattering here, but then again, that may be because I'm already well aware of the principle and would rather read something on how to apply that to day-to-day life rather than hear it explained all over again.


    4. Shunyata/Emptiness is a tough topicTeaching Emptiness is very tough, especially in a book (rather than face to face with a teacher). The Lama did a great job.


    5. Five quick chapters focusing on the way we label experiences and things in the world. It is argued that at the root of the world is nothingness other than what we label it to be. This (at least how I am reading it) is both supportive of cognitive thought processes and also with slight adjustments a need to understand ourselves as subjective unconsciously driven individuals. Overall a decent read, and helps me to continue to feel more exposed and aware of Buddhism.


    6. Understanding emptiness is not easy. We have lived for countless lives seeing things and phenomena in the wrong way. I love this talk by Lama Zopa because of the simplicity with which he explains such a complex subject. He emphasizes how being aware of it and bringing it to our daily practice is crucial for our advance on the path, helping us especially when we experience problems as a tool to avoid generating more negative karma.


    7. Actually I will never finish reading this book. It doesn't really work that way with the Dharma.Every reading takes you deeper into this infinite subject matter. A teaching I would recommend to any Buddhist practitioner, but especially to those of the Prasagika school of the Middle Way. It is juicy!





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