The following wonderful news was published by Siddhartha’s Intent Global today.
New teaching release | “Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend” taught by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche at Chanteloube, France in August 2010. We present here parts 1 & 2 of 16 episodes.
Nagarjuna, the founder of the Madhyamika school of Buddhism, wrote “Letter to a Friend” as advice to his friend, the Satavahana King Gautamiputra, giving an overview of the whole Mahayana path.
In the opening teaching, Rinpoche emphasises the practice of tuning our motivation, the most essential in all the teachings of the Buddha. Generating the right motivation is similar to developing aspiration bodhicitta, which is also something we can do. In the text, Nagarjuna starts by paying homage to Manjushri, who is the embodiment of the wisdom of all the buddhas, so that not only will we understand the infinite Mahayana teachings, but can also apply them in our heart and action. The most important practice is the practice of mindfulness, and the six different kinds of mindfulness explained. Nagarjuna then explains the six paramitas and advises that there are six enemies, or “fondnesses” which can distract us from virtuous thoughts and deeds. These are then taught along with their antidotes.