Sunday, May 23, 2010

Aro03: Part 5 - Question and Answer Series 1

The final podcast of this series continues the discussion with karma, in particular with reference to the impulse towards anger, the life of Milarépa, and common misunderstandings of what is meant by karma within Buddhism. (36:43) ( )

Aro03: Part 4 - Question and Answer Series 1

In the first question in this podcast Tröma Rig’tsal asks for an explanation of Ngak’chang Rinpoche’s use of the term ‘self-existent morality’ and the role that ethics has in the life of a practitioner. Next, Tröma Rig’tsal asks why Ngak’chang Rinpoche writes that ‘... kindness is our strongest link to the non-dual state’. Karma, what it is and what it isn’t, is the final question that Ngak’chang Rinpoche answers. (32:37) ( )

Aro03: Part 3 - Question and Answer Series 1

This podcast opens with a question concerning Ngak’chang Rinpoche’s use of language within teachings, specifically Rinpoche’s preference to avoid using the term ‘ego’ when referring to the self. Next the discussion moves onto the pitfall of approaching the Buddhist teachings with the hope of attaining a spiritualised version of oneself, and the use of the expression ‘artificial buddhist personality’ by Ngak’chang Rinpoche. Tröma Rig’tsal’s next question refers to the need for a practitioner to accept themselves as they are as the basis for embarking upon a spiritual path. Following that Rinpoche is asked about the issue of unasked for advice being given within sanghas. (38:22) ( )

Aro03: Part 2 - Question and Answer Series 1

Tröma Rig’tsal opens this podcast with a question about truth, method, and the yanas. Ngak’chang Rinpoche answers this and then the topic moves on to a discussion of the relationship between happiness and Buddhist practice, in terms of the practitioner’s motivation. The next question relates to the idea of having a goal in Buddhist practice, and following that, the interview moves onto a clarification of the term ‘non-duality’. Lastly, this podcast discusses what is meant by ‘dualistic perception’, or as it’s also known, unenlightenment. (35:45) ( )

Aro03: Part 1 - Question and Answer Series 1

In the opening podcast of this interview series, Tröma Rig’tsal asks Ngak’chang Rinpoche about the ‘four noble truths’; truth and method; the concept of the yanas (or vehicles), and the relationship between psychotherapy and Buddhism in relation to taking Refuge. (52:56) ( )

Link correction

The link to "Part 2 - Compassion and the 9 Yanas" has been corrected. Thanks to all who let me know.