13 Compassion, part 3

03 Sep 2011

Teaching: Alan introduces the 3rd type of suffering—ubiquitous or all-pervasive suffering—and the last two of the eightfold noble path—authentic intention and authentic view—which belong to wisdom.

Meditation (25:40):

Based on your own experience, do you see link between grasping at I/mine and suffering?
Generate aspiration for yourself to be free from all-pervasive suffering
Generate aspiration for others to be free from all-pervasive suffering
Generate aspiration for all sentient beings to be free from all 3 types of suffering
Rest awareness in awareness

Teaching: Alan reveals sources for the practice of resting awareness in awareness and discusses the complementarity of the developmental approach (e.g., cultivating compassion) and the discovery approach (e.g., dzogchen).

Q&A (60:05):
1) Do you need shamatha and vipashyana to get rid of all mental afflictions? If so, will only those who take the path of meditation and achieve shamatha and vipashyana have genuine happiness?
2) Within the context of references to the jhanas (aka dhyanas) and samapattis in the tibetan tradition: In the Abhisamayalankara, a bodhisattva on the 6th bhumi trains and perfects all the levels of samadhi. How does this relate?
3) Does the acquired sign arise when one rests in meditation or does it only come when focusing on an object such as the sensations of the breath?

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