tools to analyze

tools to analyze

Okay, of course we will visit this last point [view of non-grasping] as I said many times again. But for now we contemplate, I mean we listen, we contemplate, we analyze. We do all of this with the help of teacher. Reading books such Chandrakirti’s Madhyamikavatara, Dharmakirti’s I don’t know, all the karikas basically. Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Shlokas of Madhyamika. And of course how can I forget Nagarjuna’s Madhyamika Mulakarika I think. And Shantarakshita’s Madhyamika Alankara. Very important text. Specially if you love logic. In these text, these great masters of the past have given us tools to analyze. They have given us the sample of how to analyze things, wonderful samples. For instance like, out of their compassion, they even have all the process of analysis. In order to establish the view they have in their texts record of the argument between the great Hindu philosophies, Samkhyas, Shravakas, these are Hindu’s by the way, and then the Buddhist, I mean including the Cittamatra school, including, if it is a Prasangika Madhyamika, including even the Svatantrika Madhyamika, there is an argument. All this is, actually we as a follower of, and specially if you are a practitioner, we should not read them as some kind of a philosophical entertainment. They are there given as sample, as a tool, for us to really analyze. And it is really wonderful, the way they analyze things. And after using these tools to analyze, you may gain a little bit of confidence with the view such as emptiness. Such as, now, this is it, we cant go further than that. Once you achieve that confidence, then you have to meditate. No more contemplation, no more analysis. Because analysis and contemplation will never end until your thoughts end. There is always going to be a reason. Somewhere you will have to really learn to really not, learn to even analyse the analysis tool. And really come to an conclusion that you have to transcend the mind of analysis. This is where meditation comes in.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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