Having heard a lot of good Dhamma from my earlier Theravadan teachers in English, and then later having heard many excellent teachings in Thai - like all of us who have developed a deep appreciation for wisdom teachings, it is wonderful to occasionally hear engaging teachings from a fresh or different angle. When I was in Melbourne last year I had the very good fortune to be able to attend a one day teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama pertaining to the “Heart Sutra”, which is a central text in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions everywhere. In this talk I try to share a little of what His Holiness was explaining about this profound yet often miss-understood text. In my own studies, while becoming clearer about the differences between the various Buddhist traditions, at the same time I always enjoy noticing how similar these wisdom traditions are. After-all, the wisdom that sees things according to their fundamental characteristics shines above and beyond any tradition or lineage.
As well as relaying some of the content of the teachings I also share some of my observations of His Holiness as a conventional being and as a practitioner. Over the years I have had many opportunities to sit on the stage quite close to the Dalai Lama at various teaching events in several different countries. Observing how this well trained and well-practiced monk relates to others is perhaps even more of a teaching than the commentaries about the ancient texts themselves… well at least to me anyway!
May we all grow in wisdom and compassion and realise the lightness of heart that such growth unveils.
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