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Dolpopa's Mountain Doctrine (DVD)
Dolpopa's Mountain Doctrine (DVD)
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In the Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, Buddha taught the Shentong view that emptiness is not merely empty, but rather is endowed with the essence of wisdom. This is Buddhanature. In this teaching, Thrangu Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of cultivating certainty in both the Rantong (self-empty) and Shentong (other-empty) views as a necessary foundation for practicing the deity practices of the creation stage of secret mantra as well as the completion practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen’s Mountain Doctrine teaches the view (Buddhanature). This is what is most needed in order to engage in practices to realize the nature of mind. Dolpopa presents the nature of the ground, how to practice the path and what result is attained through practice. Dolpopa teaches the view through inference rather than through direct experience. Rather than presenting practice instructions, Dolpopa tells us how to take inference as the path. In these DVD’s Thrangu Rinpoche presents detailed teachings and commentary on Dolpopa’s Mountain Doctrine. The text is available in English as Mountain Doctrine: Tibet’s Fundamental Treatise on Other-Emptiness and the Buddha Matrix, translation by Jeffrey Hopkins (2006 Snow Lion Publications). These DVDs have Chapter Points. Please note that at the very end of talks 10, 12 and 13 there is a minor amount of "skipping" in the video due to the tape not being pulled properly through the recording camera which was beginning to fail (this camera has been replaced). The skipping is mildly annoying, but does not prevent following the teaching.
  • Chapter Pointing

  • On this DVD recording, chapter points have been set at each transition from Tibetan to English and from English to Tibetan. Because Rinpoche sometimes speaks in Tibetan for long periods at a time, some viewers may wish to jump forward to the English translation (at any time) by using the Next Chapter button (>>|) on their DVD player’s remote control. Also, for those who primarily speak Tibetan, the same process works for jumping from the English to the Tibetan.

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