At Bokar Thubten Ling in Ibiza Rinpoche was asked to give a teaching on wisdom, drawing from the chapter on the Paramita of Wisdom in Gampopa’s book Jewel Ornament of Liberation. Instead of commenting on the text in a detailed way, he gave this general explanation of the three stages of wisdom.
by Maggy Jones
The teaching is taken from Gampopa’s “Jewel Ornament of Liberation”. Wisdom is the 6th paramita. The 1st five paramitas are called “skilful means” and lead to wisdom. “Wisdom” here does not mean “learning” but is an “experience of insight”. Explanation of the three types of wisdom. With wisdom we can improve ourselves, amend our reactions and create a harmonious society. It is a matter of education; worldly wisdom helps you to adjust to situations.
Our problems are caused by our “ego”, the “I”. But what is this “I”? Where is it located? There is no “thing” there. This realisation is “transcendental wisdom” and is permanent happiness. Q & A
Enlightenment is the ultimate solution but we will not achieve this immediately. Buddha wanted to guide people to whatever would help them. There are 3 goals: 1st “I want a better life now and in the next”. This way you will become a better human being. 2nd If you are on that path you come to understand that that doesn’t bring the complete solution – there will always be problems in samsara. So you look for something deeper; this becomes, “Renunciation” – letting go of attraction, aversion, jealousy etc. These all arise because of your strong attachment to the idea of “self”. The more you “let go” the free-er you will be. 3rd But freeing yourself alone is not enough. The aim is for ALL beings to be brought out of pain and suffering. This is the Bodhisattva ideal. All beings have the capacity to feel the range of emotions – including compassion. We need to learn how to open our hearts and mind.
The clearest guide is the “Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva, the shortest is the Heart Sutra. Explanation of Shunyata.