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Mirror of Wisdom

Mirror of Wisdom - coverMirror of Wisdom
- Teachings on Emptiness
— by Tsultim Gyeltsen

This is Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen commentaries on the emptiness section of Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun  and The Heart Sutra.

The subject of emptiness is very profound. Here, Geshe-la gives us clear and extensive instructions on the topic so that we may come to understand and experience its meaning.

The realization of the wisdom of emptiness is vital to our spiritual development. As Geshe-la says: "We must realize that all the suffering we experience comes from the delusions in our mind. In order to cut through these delusions, we need the weapon of the wisdom perceiving emptiness."

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"We should examine, investigate and analyze the mode of apprehension of our innate grasping at self. In other words, how does our innate grasping perceive the self to exist? What does our innate ignorance perceive? What does it grasp at? We should always focus upon our own condition and not point our finger at someone else's ignorance. Having discovered this, we must then find the means of generating a different kind of perception, one that directly contradicts the mistaken one that grasps at self. This perception is the perfect view of emptiness, or selflessness. However, in order to realize this view, we first have to be clear about what this view actually is. We need to establish the correct view of emptiness."

Five forms of ManjushriIn this book, Venerable Geshe Gyeltsen does indeed help us establish a correct view of emptiness, the ultimate mode of being of all phenomena, which we have to do if we are ever to escape from our beginningless suffering and find the perfect peace and happiness we seek. Basing his explanation of emptiness on The Heart Sutra, the essence of the Buddha's perfection of wisdom teachings, and the emptiness section of a classic Tibetan thought transformation text, Namkha Pel's Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun, Geshe-la compassionately helps us cut through our inability to see reality and sets us firmly on the path to liberation and enlightenment.

Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen is a highly respected scholar and meditator from Ganden Monastery, Tibet. In exile since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, Geshe-la has been in the West since 1963, teaching Dharma and keeping alive the spirit of Tibet through his living manifestation of the teachings of the Buddha. He is the founder of Thubten Dhargye Ling, Long Beach, California, where he teaches regularly on Buddhist philosophy and meditation.
— From back cover

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