OSAKA, Japan: “In the practice of compassion and tolerance, the one you consider your enemy is your best spiritual teacher,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, resuming teaching on ‘Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisatva’s Way of Life’ at the Osaka International Convention Center today.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeted the audience as he entered the convention center and began speaking about the Buddha’s enlightenment, briefly discussing the minor disagreements among traditions over the duration taken for the Buddha to attain enlightenment.
“Some Buddhist traditions like the Pali say Buddha attained enlightenment in one lifetime, while the Sanskrit tradition say that it was an accumulation of merit over countless lifetimes,” His Holiness remarked, expressing that the account provided by the Sanskrit tradition seems more logical.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama then spoke about the Buddha turning the wheel of dharma after his enlightenment. “After attaining enlightenment, Buddha taught the four noble truths; the Perfection of Wisdom sutra; and the Explanation of the Profound Secrets sutra respectively during the first, second and third turning of the dharma wheel,” His Holiness explained.
Elaborating on the four noble truths, His Holiness the Dalai Lama advised that we should first understand what is suffering and what are its causes. “After identifying the causes, we should make effort to stop the causes of these sufferings by following the path of cessation through cultivating discipline and practicing mindfulness,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness noted that the core essence of the Buddha’s teaching is summarised in the instructions of the Four Noble Truths and the 37 Factors of Enlightenment, which are common to both Pali and Sanskrit traditions.
After Lunch, His Holiness taught chapter five and six of the teachings, explaining concepts such as Conscientiousness, Mindfulness and Patience.
Explaining the practice of mindfulness, His Holiness recalled Late Ling Rinpoche, one of his two primary tutors and emphasised the importance of memorizing the prayer ‘Praise to Manjushri’ to achieve purity and sharpness of the mind. “Ling Rinpoche himself used to recite this mantra and constantly urged me to do the same,” His Holiness said.
Speaking about patience, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that patience is a virtue. “Humans should utilise the unique potential to differentiate and refrain from the destructive emotions like anger and hatred,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness will resume the teachings tomorrow.