In the last session, Ringu Tulku delivered the verses refuting a solid self––including an instruction on the necessity for developing compassion, which were essentially the subject of the first teaching of the Buddha. Once we have understood the importance of understanding the selflessness of what we call “I”, in parallel with developing a compassionate outlook, we can then extend that to examining the emptiness of all phenomena. We do this through what are called The Four Mindfulnesses: mindfulness of body, feeling, mind, and all phenomena. The practice can help alleviate fear and is a form of analytic vipassyana.
The next 10 verses show how we do this through examining the physical body in such a way that the component parts can be broken down to the extent that in the final analysis there is nothing to be identified with; we are shown that what we call “body” is simply the sum of its parts, an interdependent entity. This is intellectually not so difficult to understand, however it is important to really truly investigate through meditation in order to have some experience––and when we have that experience, even gender has no solid basis.
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