Class 16 – 8 May 2007

Main Texts: Maitreya's Ahisamayalamkara — Ornament for Clear Realizations that is an Ornament clarifying the hidden meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras & a commentary on the Abhisamayalamkara by
Acharaya Haribhadra, Commentary Clarifying the Meaning.
Ven. Kelsang Wangmo — teacher

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Haribhadra’s Qualifications to Compose Treatise: A) Outer Conditions:
1) Reliance on four preceding holders of Method Lineage (referred to in Four Verses).

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2) Why Haribhadra’s text is not redundant? Its Purpose: to show Abhisamayalamkara is
an Ornament for the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras.

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B) Inner Conditions (wisdom, intelligence, understanding).
Structure of Haribhadra's text. Introduce debate: Was Maitreya a Buddha or Bodhisattva? Geluk monastic university textbook authors - Panchen Sonam Drakpa, Drepung Loseling.

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C) Secret Condition: Vision of meditational deity (Maitreya ) & permission to compose.
Relying on a Spiritual Friend. Summary of Three Conditions requisite to Composing Treatise.

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Conclusion of Haribhadra’s verse introduction: Subduing Pride & Generating Delight.
Resolving qualms that Haribhadra might not be qualified.

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Begin prose body of Haribhadra’s text (format of text). Debates – function & presentation.
Introduce First debate topic: Is Maitreya a Buddha or Not? Does a Buddha Aspire/wish for self-benefit? For happiness? What’s the difference between being selfish and striving for own purpose (does that require self-grasping)

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Four (types of) Buddhist practitioners: Hearers, Solitary Realizers, Bodhisattvas, Buddhas. The two Self-Liberation practitioners: Hearers & Solitary Realizers.

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How is the Autonomy Middle Way view of Emptiness (lack of True Existence) more subtle than Selflessness (Lack of a “Self-Sufficient {in sense of being} Substantially Existent Self.”

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Middle Way Autonomy views on Attaining the Nirvana of Self-Liberation and Full Enlightenment:
Obstruction to Self-Liberation: the Self-Grasping mind & its seeds (most suble causes). Method of eliminating Self-Grasping mind: direct realization of Selflessness: the Lack of Self-Sufficient Substantial Existent
Obstruction to Omniscient Enlightenment: Mind that grasps at the True Existence of Self and Phenomena, which is eliminated by direct realization of Emptiness Attainment of nirvana of Self-Liberation (Arhatship) and full Enlightenment occur simultaneously.

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What does Selfish mean? Is self-motivation necessarily self-grasping?

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Does 10th ground Bodhisattva still have self-grasping according to Middle Way Autonomy school?
Homework: What is the Self [Own] Benefit Body of a Buddha?
pdf-gif   —   Dedication Prayers

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Passage from Haribhadra’s Commentary used in class

2A2 Proving that [Haribhadra] is suitable to compose the commentary
2A2A Proving that [Haribhadra] possessed the outer condition: the oral instructions of virtuous friends

2A2A-1 The way Arya Asanga thoroughly explained

Yearning for migrators, he yearned deeply. Arya Asanga, himself a refuge, having listened to the Invincible Protector, thoroughly explained the great treatise.

2A2A-2 The way Vasubandhu unraveled [the Perfection of Wisdom]

Vasubandhu, a friend benefiting migrators, taking his belief as foremost, thoroughly unraveled through fully relying on objects of knowledge as being internal.

2A2A-3 The way Arya [Vimuktisena] revealed [the Perfection of Wisdom]

Also, he who is called Vimuktisena, who is included among the superiors, having seen that done by [Vasubandhu] as not done [in accordance with the accepted view], revealed with a mind abiding in the middle way.

2A2A-4 The way Venerable Vimuktisena thoroughly explained [the Perfection of Wisdom]

While abiding on the ground of faith the Vimuktisena after him, not finding [complete presentations in] all the treatises, made a thorough explanation in accordance with his own [findings].

2A2B Proving that [Haribhadra] possessed the inner condition: the wisdom which realizes the meanings of the treatise

Likewise, other scholars elucidated [the word meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom]. Only some found [the full meaning] of the treatises. It is amazing that I found it likewise.

2A2C Thereby [Haribhadra] is suitable to compose the commentary

Very difficult to find by [scholars] like them what this profound path is like, found through the power of the [blessing of] Buddha - is suitable to be analyzed by scholars.

2A3 Subduing pride and the reason for generating delight

Although not the object of my experience in all ways, because it accords with achieving merit, I generated delight [in composing this commentary] as I desire to benefit myself and others.

2B Positing the explanation itself 2B1 Expression of worship
2B1A Making the connection

Arya Maitreya thoroughly presents himself as one who accords with holy conduct. By means of his exalted wisdom of individual analysis, he came to understand that the principal cause of attaining all goodness is very lucid faith in the subject of the Perfection of Wisdom. In order for others to generate very lucid faith and engage Bhagavati–the source of unsurpassable and unfathomable precious qualities–shortly, at first, he pays homage to the mother with the preceding [stanza], expressing her excellent qualities just as they are.

2B1B Root text
2B1B-1 The meaning of the words
2B1B-1A Praise
2B1B-1A1 Praising by means of the qualities of the three knowers

That which through the exalted knower of all leads hearers seeking pacification to peace, Which through the exalted knower of paths causes those helping migrating beings to achieve the aims of the world, And through the perfect possession of which the subduers set forth these varieties having all aspects;

2B1B-1A2 Praising how they act as mothers of the four superiors

To the mothers of the buddhas as well as the host of hearers and bodhisattvas, . . .

2B1B-1B Homage

...I pay homage.

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3 pages of Haribhadra's text used in this Term
of the 2007 IBD Perfection of Wisdom Studies course.

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