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Special Insight or Meditation on Emptiness

What is Special Insight?

Special Insight or Meditation on Emptiness Program with Ven. Gyalten Tsondue

will begin on Wednesday, August 7th, 7pm

Ananda Dharma Center is proud to offer you a new Special Insight Analytical Meditation course, recommended to us by H. E. Choden Rinpoche.

In “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” ( or Lam Rim Chenmo), Lama Tsongkhapa explains why we need to develop Special Insight:

“Meditative serenity has the feature of non-discursiveness, when your attention is intentionally set on the single object , it stays there; It is free from laxity, it is delight and bliss. However, you should not be satisfied with just this. Rather, developing the wisdom that properly determines the meaning of reality, you must cultivate insight.”

What is this insight and why do we need it? It is the wisdom, that realizes nature of reality itself. Without this wisdom we will not be free from any samsaric delusion and ignorance, by simply developing concentration alone. As Kalamashila says in “Stages of the Meditation”:

“After you have thus stabilized your mind on an object of meditation, you should analyze it with wisdom-it is the dawn of knowledge that obliterates the seeds of confusion. If you do not do this, you can not abandon the afflictions with concentration alone”.

Understanding of unmistaken view on emptiness becomes very critical for one to proceed from joy to joy eternally. If we try to focus our mind on emptiness as our object of meditation without a clear understanding of what emptiness really is, our meditation will not be effective to make the internal transformation progress from grass root level. When we do an analytical meditation on emptiness, especially at an elementary stage, we need to go through a process of reasoning in order to establish what emptiness really is. We do this by cultivating an understanding of dependent relationship or dependent arising. How all phenomena are interconnected, and that nothing exists independently on it’s own.

By gaining a clear understanding of emptiness and practicing accordingly, one will begin to see, explore and experience the new reality of life, and one’s perspective of oneself will change one's life dramatically. One will discover an eternal beauty and freedom which lies within.

What is there to gain and what is there to lose?
With things that are empty (of independent existence) in this way?
And Who is there to pay me respect ?
And who is there to abuse me?
From what are pleasure and pain derived?
What is there to be happy or unhappy about?
When I search for the ultimate nature, who is there to crave and what is there to crave for?

Ven. Jampa Tsondue’s instructions on analytical meditation of profound emptiness and subtle dependent origination are based on a short text written by 2nd Dalai Lama Gendun Gyatso. He will also use major reference on subtle dependent relationship from Je Tsongkhapa's short instruction on emptiness and dependent arising, as well as Khedrub Je's short writing on the insight. Every Wednesday evening, 7-8:30 pm, beginning August 7th. Everyone is welcome to attend. This meditation practice is suitable, healing, and quite effective for beginners as well as experienced meditators. All our classes are offered by donation only. No one turned away for the lack of funds. Location: Ananda Dharma Center, 3888 Balcom Rd. San Jose, CA 95148. You can read personal recommendation for Venerable Tsondue by His Eminence Choden Rinpoche here.

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