Nagarjuna wisdom tradition

Nagarjuna wisdom tradition

Recently when His Holiness the Dalai Lama was giving teaching in – I think it was in France, I heard this – he was giving teachings on Bodhicaryavatara. And I believe that what he did, he taught the ninth chapter first. Usually the ninth chapter is what all the eight chapter sort of gears towards. You begin with the first chapter, you arrange, you prepare. Then finally you teach the ninth chapter. There is the tenth chapter of course which is the dedication. And I believe that His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that there is a tradition according to the Nagarjuna that sometimes the view is taught first. And I think I am going to use a little bit of that tactic here because, first of all I am assuming that we are all smart people. And critical. You should be, of course. And the reason why I am telling you about the smart people or not is this. Because, you know, I can’t go and talk to any Tom, Dick, Harry and say: “Oh you know, you should not have attachment to your life.” Because, if you already born as a Buddhist, you already have in your past life inclination towards the Dharma practice, of course, then it is okay. But for most of us critical, modern, Guardian reading, Observer reading, critical thinkers, you know if somebody tells you: “Oh you shouldn’t have attachment to this life.” Of course, the obvious answer is: “Why not?” And of course you can’t really talk to them about the hell realms, hungry ghost realms, all of this. Because, where is hell? You don’t have to buy there is hell. And also, in the modern world, we have a problem with things like reincarnation. You can’t really talk like, you should not have attachment to this life, you should be practicing the Dharma. Because you have to help sentient beings. Why? Because they are our mother in the past. This also doesn’t work. Specially the modern people. Why should we have compassion to our mother? This works a little bit to the Buddhist, already Buddhist audience. Like traditionally Buddhist society, maybe it works. Specially now, even in Asia, the modern thinking is – and there is a good reason for that. You know, many kids that I know, they would say: Why should we love our mother? My father and mother, they just wanted to have sex, and they had sex, and then I came out. And they did not even want me. They never wanted me. I was very much abandoned. They never looked after me. They actually have lots of anger. So this mother sentient beings doesn’t really work. So in order to teach: “Why should we not have attachment to this life?” This ??? khorwa, this samsara. I think it is important that we talk about the last hallmark, which is: “If you have a grasping, you have no view.” If we blend this again and again, we will visit there, we will visit to the fourth – of course we will talk about all – but we should visit to the fourth one sometimes. Maybe it will help us.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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