Geshe Tashi will continue in his mission to help us to get the most from this seminal text over the next few visits to the West Country. Do come and join us for as much of the teachings as you possibly can. The Buddha’s truly revolutionary teaching on emptiness explains that we constantly misread the nature of things and, because of that, there is suffering in this world. Geshe Tashi will show how this is not just a fascinating philosophy but also an essential tool that allows us to overcome all our problems.
He will explore the topic in depth over the day, using Je Tsong Khapa’s text, ‘Essence of True Eloquence’. He will continue to explore this text on his subsequent visits to Bath, so don’t miss this excellent opportunity to study an important text on Emptiness in depth with an inspiring and accessible teacher. After this visit he is not planning to return to Bath until 2018, so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn from a great scholar and a highly skilled teacher.
We have set up a study group to explore Geshe la’s teachings in more detail between his visits. Everyone is welcome. Find out more
If you don’t know him, Geshe la is renowned for the warmth, clarity and humour of his teachings, and his ability to focus on the essence of even the most tricky of teachings, making them immediately relevant to our daily life.Find out more here.
When teaching on this text in New York, November 2014, HH Dalai Lama recalled the verse in the Three Principal Aspects of the Path:
“Swept by the current of the four powerful rivers,
Tied by strong bonds of actions, so hard to undo,
Caught in the iron net of self-centredness,
Completely enveloped by the darkness of ignorance,
Born and reborn in boundless cyclic existence,
Ceaselessly tormented by the three miseries
All beings, your mothers, are in this condition.
Think of them and generate the mind of enlightenment.”
He said we all grasp at a self, and only by employing our intelligence can we attain liberation and enlightenment. We have to understand and realise emptiness. “Although,” he joked, “some might find it easier to remain in cyclic existence, thinking that it’s not too bad and that they are enjoying it; especially American samsara. If, on the other hand, you aspire for liberation, there is no choice but to discard the view of intrinsic existence.”
His Holiness highlighted the distinction between destructive emotions like anger that requires a specific target and constructive emotions, like compassion, that can be directed to a general target. As an example, he suggested that as each of us desires happiness, there are grounds for generating compassion for all beings. He remarked that the most effective antidote to destructive emotions is an understanding of emptiness.
All Geshe Tashi's prevoius teachings on this topic have been recorded and available to downloadAvailable here