22 - We may not be mere chemical scum

B. Alan Wallace, 19 Jun 2019

Lama Alan begins the session by commenting again on Brad’s question and clarifying on the mapping between the text and the practices we’ve been doing.

Now that we’ve finished exploring different shamatha practices, we will now be focusing on vipashyana. Lama Alan again explains how vipashyana requires an element of inquiry or investigation, and bare attention is neither mindfulness nor vipashyana.

He quotes an explanation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 3 turnings of the wheel of Dharma. He also offers a commentary on a passage from the Pali Canon on the 4 applications of mindfulness.

After the meditation we move on to the second yoga and cover:

The Four Yogas of Mahamudra

  • Yoga of Freedom from Conceptual Elaborations
    • Karma Chagme

Core Meditations on the Path of Mahamudra

  • Vipashyana
    • Karma Chagmé (A Spacious Path to Freedom)
    • Nima Arkani-Hamed
    • Steven Weinberg
    • Richard Feynman
    • John Archibald Wheeler
    • Andre Linde
    • Thomas Hertog


Vipashyana: phenomenological investigation based on the first turning of the wheel of Dharma.

Meditation starts at 36:38

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