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Dalaï Lama Strasbourg 2016
Public talk + The Commentary on Bodhichitta


20€: MP3
40€: CD or DVD compilation

Saturday 17th September

Born into a Brahmin family in the south of India towards the end of the second century, Nagarjuna became a Buddhist monk and his reputation as a thinker soon exerted a profound and indelible influence on the Buddhist tradition in India and throughout the East.

In particular, Nagarjuna was the founder of what may be referred to as the "profound view" of Madhyamaka. He played an essential role in the presentation and propagation of the teachings on the Middle Way. For more than a thousand years, his tradition was upheld by a series of outstanding masters and commentaotors, such as Shantarakshita and Kamalashila, who brought the teachings on the Middle Way to Tibet.

In the text that His Holiness will explain at Strasbourg "The Commentary on Bodhichitta" (skt. Bodhichittavivarana, tib. Byang chub sems 'grel), Nagarjuna sets out in condensed form the teachings of the Buddha in all their profundity. The texts describes the development of Bodhichitta, the Mind of Enlightenment, in its two aspects: conventional and ultimate. This exposition is in harmony with the sutras, even though the text itself is associated with the Guhyasamaja Tantra, which speaks of the union of the two truths, relative and absolute. Intending to refute the extreme views of eternity and annihilation, The Commentary on Bodhichitta lays emphasis not only on the absolute aspect, namely emptiness or dependent arising, but also on the importance of the relative or conventional aspects of the Mind of Enlightenment, such as altruism and the profound aspiration made by Bodhisattvas for the welfare of all beings.

Sunday 18th September morning

Teaching given prior to the Chenrezig empowerment (only available in the DVD compilation!)

Sunday 18th September afternoon

On this occasion, the Dalai Lama will speak on the subject of "Ethics beyond Religion". His Holiness is convinced that values such as compassion and patience are the real sources of happiness. These personal characteristics are not necessarily the result of faith or religious practice. Every human being has the potential for compassion and non-violence.

"We need these human values. I call them secular ethics, secular principles. They are not part of any particular religion. Even people who have no interest in religion, or who are agnostic, are able to develop these values."

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