In the Living in the Path module “Bringing Emptiness to Life,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche gives detailed and very clear teachings on the extremely important subject of emptiness, the realization of which is necessary to achieve both liberation from samsara and full enlightenment.
“During this time, [when you are meditating on or practicing mindfulness of the reality of everything, I, actions, objects, the whole thing], you are working for your liberation,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches. “Here, you are really working for your liberation because the superstitious thoughts—ignorance, anger, and attachment—do not arise. While your mind is in this state, it is the antidote against ignorance and all the delusions, so you are working to achieve liberation, ultimate happiness. It never happened before. Not only has it never happened in this life, it never happened from beginningless rebirths.”
In this introductory video to the module, Don Handrick gives a clear and comprehensive presentation of the subject of emptiness, which according to the Madhyamaka Prasangika, the highest school of Buddhist philosophy, refers to the lack of true existence of the self and all phenomena.
Watch “Bringing Emptiness to Life—An Introduction” on YouTube:
Don Handrick is a graduate of the first FPMT Masters Program 1998-2004. Since 2006, he has been the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He also teaches regularly at the Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, and also serves as a Buddhist teacher in a local prison for Liberation Prison Project. In 2015, he led the month-long November course at Kopan Monastery and, in 2016, he began spending a part of each year visiting other FPMT centers as a touring teacher. Don is an FPMT registered teacher.
Living in the Path is an online lamrim course taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche available through the FPMT Online Learning Center:
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