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Meditation: introduction to Buddhism – Part 1

This is part 1 of a two day teaching (July 21-22, 2017) in Jakarta, Indonesia with on site Indonesian translation. Here Rinpoche takes the opportunity to distinguishes Buddhism from its cultural containers.

The essence of Buddhism is beyond cultural assumptions of serene “holy men” and a paradise-like “nirvana.”. It is to recognize the “raw simple truth” that is with you all the time. This includes the truth that all compounded things are impermanent and that all of our experience is conditional, dependent and therefore unreliable and dream-like. Accepting these truths is what it means to be a Buddhist.