This combination offer of the DVDs of Jirka's Debate and Analytical Meditation is available only to students participating in Nitartha Debate.
These weekend teachings were offered together with five talks on Analytical Meditation. In the Debate classes, Jirka began by explaining how subject, predicate and reason are used to formulate a correct three-part reasoning using definitions, equivalents and classifications. In this context, he emphasized the importance of knowing the definitions. He then taught how to structure a correct reasoning using the four relationships (gelwa, tonchik, musum, and mushi). For each relationship he explained the number of possible examples to illustrate the relationship and how those relationships are stated, questioned, and defended in a formal debate. In the final talk, he presented the strategies the challenger can use to respond to the defenders refutation of the modes. He concluded by pointing out that the actual debate is formulating a reasoning and responding to that. The debate proceeds through layers until the defender accepts the reason offered, which can be a turning point in the debate. Throughout the weekend, Jiirka provided opportunities for questions and for students to work with the debate methods in pairs. He also provided suggestions for continued practice after the weekend. He encouraged the students to find debate buddies and work with the process in order to become skilled and able to use the debate process to further their understanding.
These compelling teachings describe how analytical meditation training can be used to break free from our craving and suffering. Drawing from the early discourses of the historical Buddha, Jirka Hladiš skillfully combines lecture, discussion, and guided meditation to explore analytical meditation practice. He describes stages of analysis and meditation, and systematically explains how several classic discourses by Buddha Shakyamuni provide potential frameworks for analytical meditation. Among these discourses are: The All (Sabba Sutta), where mindfulness of the six inner and six outer ayatanas (gates for arising of the world) is