Heart Sutra Series

Starting on April 17th Geshe Thubten Samdup is giving a series of bi-weekly teachings on Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra is the most widely known sutra of the Mahayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. It is part of the Prajnaparamita Sutras, which is a collection of about 40 sutras composed between 100 BCE and 500 CE. The Heart Sutra is a presentation of profound wisdom on the nature of emptiness. Here’s a brief outline of each session.

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Session 1: April 17, 2018 (Preliminary teaching )

  • Identifying the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Prajna-Paramita Sutra)
  • On the number of the volumes.
  • When did Buddha teach Prajna-Paramita sutra?
  • Why Prajna-Paramita sutra is so important?
  • The benefits and advantages of understanding emptiness.

Session 2: May 1, 2018 (Preliminary teaching cont.)

  • Disadvantages of not properly understanding emptiness.
  • Who is suitable to listen to the teachings on emptiness.
  • The varieties of Buddha’s words.
  • What is Perfection Wisdom?
  • How many commentaries are there for the Heart Sutra?

Session 3: June 5, 2018 (Main Teaching)

  • Translator’s Homage.
  • History or the introduction of the Sutra.
  • Engaging in Wisdom.
  • Definition of emptiness.

Session 4: June 19, 2018 (Main Teaching cont.)

  • Definition of emptiness – Part 1.

Session 5: July 3, 2018 (Main Teaching cont.)

  • Definition of emptiness – Part 2

Session 6: July 17, 2018 (Main Teaching cont.)

  • The object of Perfection Wisdom.
  • The attributes of the Wisdom.
  • The results of the Wisdom.
  • The Mantras of the Wisdom.

Session 7: July 31, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation)

  • Detailed explanations on how to meditate on emptiness:
  • Identifying the object of negation.

Session 8: August 14, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation cont.)

  • The history and evolution of Buddha’s teaching on emptiness – The Middle Way Approach ‘Madhyamaka’ – Part 1

Session 9: August 28, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation cont.)

  • The history and evolution of Buddha’s teaching on emptiness – The Middle Way Approach ‘Madhyamaka’ – Part 2

Session 10: September 11, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation cont.)

  • The Hashang approach and the Samye debate contrasting this with Madhyamaka – Part 1

Session 11: September 25, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation cont.)

  • The Hashang approach and the Samye debate contrasting this with Madhyamaka – Part 2

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