2011.08.17 - Geshe Ngawang Tenley -- Grounds and Paths





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Uploaded on Aug 18, 2011

What is a path? To put it simply, a path is a realization, a consciousness. It is a clear realization that is conjoined with, or accompanied by, renunciation. In particular, a "Mahayana path" is a clear realization that is conjoined with both renunciation and bodhicitta. Therefore, in this context, a path is not a process or a method; it is a realization, a consciousness, an exalted wisdom.

The bodhisattva always advances from ground to ground during meditative
equipoise on emptiness when she generates the antidote to a particular level of obscurations; this antidote is an uninterrupted path. On each of the ten grounds, the bodhisattva attains the surpassing practice of one of the ten perfections.

This topic is incredibly important as we progress in our study and learning of the Dharma. It lays out our spiritual progression as our experiences of wisdom realizing emptiness and bodhicitta become actual realizations. While Geshe-la will make this topic approachable and understandable, some experience with Buddhist philosophical thought will be beneficial and assumed. Therefore if you are a complete newcomer to Buddhism, while you are more than welcome to attend, this course is suggested for advanced-beginners and above.

Thubten Damchoe translates.

Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies is affiliated with the FPMT.


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