'Smashing the Delusions,' A Living in the Path Module
Toward the end of the Vajra Cutter Sutra, the following verse is found:
A star, a defective view, a flame,
An illusion, a drop of dew, a bubble,
A dream, a flash of lightning, a cloud:
See causative phenomena as such.
In “Smashing the Delusions,” a module of the Living in the Path program, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the meaning of this often recited verse. In these teachings Rinpoche urges us to practice, in our daily lives, mindfulness of how we ourselves and all the objects of our attachment, anger, and ignorance are impermanent and empty of true existence.
In a short video Ven. Lhundup Jamyang provides a brief introduction to this verse and explains how to see causative phenomena as impermanent and empty of inherent existence.
“Watch “Smashing the Delusions” on YouTube:
All of the modules of Living in the Path program are available on the FPMT Online Center. This program is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their personal practice and develop the realizations of the path to enlightenment by relying on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s heart advice and teachings. As the teachings often assume familiarity with the lam-rim, participants are recommended to have previously received teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Ven. Lhundrup Jamyang attended a ten-day introductory Buddhist course at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharmasala, India, in 1997 and took ordination in 2000. She completed the five-year FPMT Basic Program at Chenrezig Institute in Australia and is currently completing the six-year Masters Program at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy. Ven. Jamyang is an FPMT registered teacher.
Living in the Path is an FPMT program taught exclusively by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the FPMT. Plans are underway to also draw from the teachings of Lama Yeshe, FPMT’s founder, to offer a program that preserves the entire FPMT lineage.
Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche giving the oral transmission of the Vajra Cutter Sutra at the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.