A teaching on Prajnaparamita (the Perfection of Wisdom), given by Rinpoche at Golden Buddha Center in Totnes, Devon, UK.
The Prajnaparamita is also called the „Great Mother“ of all the Buddhas, because it is that which gives birth to all the Buddhas.
Mothers do their job out of unconditional love, so do great beings who want to bring us across the river from Samsara to Nirvana, the enlightened state of mind.
Explanations of the Prajnaparamita have formerly been translated as „Transcendental Wisdom“, now more called the „Perfection of Wisdom“. It refers to the Six Paramitas as a Path of Training for a Bodhisattva. The first five Paramitas mainly have to do with compassion, whereas the sixth Paramita has to do with wisdom, which means knowing the nature of all phenomena.
There are two ways to wisdom, analysis and meditation. It is only by meditating that we can develop nonconceptual wisdom and train to let go of all concepts.
Wisdom covers three subjects – impermanence, interdependence, and emptiness – to which Rinpoche gives short explanations.
In meditation we train to be without concepts by letting go and training not to grasp. This is also the way to let go of the misunderstanding of an I, an ego. Learning to understand that there is nothing to worry about, nothing to fear, nothing to suffer makes us free, and we can rediscover who / what we actually are.
On our way to wisdom, ignorance about ourselves is the biggest problem.
In the Q&A Rinpoche gives answers to the area of emptiness and rebirth.
Summary thanks to Marlene Eltshig
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