with Don Isaacson
July 2, 2020 – April 1, 2021
In this class we will study the third of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students. The first book gave a way to approach the Buddhist Path, and the second volume described the foundation of Buddhist practice.
While ostensibly this volume is about samsara and nirvana, it is actually about our minds. Knowledge of buddha nature reveals and reconciles the paradox of how the mind can be the basis for both the unsatisfactory state of samsara (the unpurified mind) and the bliss and fulfillment of nirvana (the purified mind).
"May I read, reflect and meditate on the Buddha's teachings so that I can become a kind, compassionate and wise person. Through this may I be of benefit to all living beings, and in the long term, may I become a fully awakened Buddha."
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Drop by anytime — there is no need to have taken prior classes in this series.
Knowledge of buddha nature reveals and reconciles the paradox of how the mind can be the basis for both the duhkha of samsara (the unpurified mind) and the bliss and fulfillment of nirvana (the purified mind). To illustrate this, Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature first takes readers through Buddhist thought on the self, the four truths, and their sixteen attributes. It then explains afflictions—including how they arise and their antidotes—followed by an examination of karma and cyclic existence, and, finally, a deep and thorough elucidation of buddha nature. Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature shows us how to purify our minds and cultivate awakened qualities.
This is the third volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and comprehensive series on the stages of the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion: