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人類精神修行進化中有五個階段或者叫道。五道中的第二道叫做加行道,加行(準備)在這特指獲得對於空性在理論上不斷加深的理解,這會給予我們必需的精神力量達到第三道-直證空性。對於空性不斷加深理解的進程,在穿越第二道時會有四個明顯的階段。

對我們來說極為重要的是在第二道中的第三階段是個美妙的地方叫精通。如果我們對於空性在理論上的理解能到達這個水平,我們就能永遠地鎖上大門並且扔掉通往惡趣的鑰匙,這確保了我們再也不會痛苦受身低於人類。這是保護的終極形式,是今生所達的重要里程碑,因此我們能夠繼續這趟旅行,通過餘下的道途抵達最終的目標。

在這兩堂非常重要和美妙的課程中,格西麥克通過搜索數千頁的古老佛學經典,關於如何和為何我們自己能達到這個水平,給予更多的細節。

這是兩堂課程中所討論的主題概要,以及在視頻中所對應的時間:

第一課

0:00 – 介紹

5:40 – 佛陀前世的故事,當他還是菩薩時達到第二道中稱為精通的層面

45:00 -五道的總述,以及前四道的傳統名稱和定義

51:00 – 第二道的四個部分

55:00 – 第二道四部分的名稱

1:09 – 深度分析和解釋第二道中的四部分

第二課

0:00 – 通過筆為例子如何教授空性

43:00 – 如何理解空性對業力種子的影響,特別是壞種子是如何被失效的

48:00 – 討論當我們對於空性的理解到達精通層面時,我們內在發生了什麼,使得不可能投身惡趣

1:18 – 五種力量或者練習結合理解空性,創造力量以阻止舊的壞業力種子的成熟和迫使投身惡趣

1:28 – 直證空性是如何足以摧毀舊的壞業力種子

1:30 – 更進一步:深度分析第二道的第四部分

1:32 – 深度層面理解空性的要點: 性質 & 特質

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一些背景資料,下面是五道的簡要描述。

到達第一道,通常是在我們經歷個人悲劇-例如母親的去世,這迫使我們從內承認在這一生中,我們面臨著不可避免的痛苦和死亡。據說在菩薩道的人,能夠同時意識到身邊每一個人都面臨著同樣的問題。

因此他們帶著幫助身邊每一個人這樣的發心,踏上精神之旅走向五道。這個發心就是我們所說的菩提心。

接著來到第二階段或叫第二道,他們對於痛苦和世界上的其他一切,到底是從何而來,開始有了理論上的見解。也就是說,他們開始理解世界,以及所有人都是來自於他們意識裡業力的種子。而這些種子是由善意或惡意對待他人而種下的。

第二階段的頂峰時刻,是當精神追尋者首次感知到,生活中的一個真實對像是如何從自己的意識種子裡出來,例如灶台上的水壺。

已經到達這樣理解的人,在第三階段他們會更進一步,並且在深度冥想中直接看到,世界上沒有任何一件事物是不來自於他們意識裡的種子。這個深度冥想與究竟現實相結合,是數億計累世努力的巔峰,這次冥想是如此的強大,修習者在此之後的短暫時間內,將轉化成為證悟者。

在第四階段,這些深刻見解能夠讓修習者永久地戰勝他們所有的負面情緒,包括誤解世界的傾向。第五階段是完美證悟,身體和意識都轉化成光,能夠親自照顧無數個世界上數以億計的人,並且指引他們到達證悟。

人类精神修行进化中有五个阶段或者叫道。五道中的第二道叫做加行道,加行(准备)在这特指获得对于空性在理论上不断加深的理解,这会给予我们必需的精神力量达到第三道-直证空性。对于空性不断加深理解的进程,在穿越第二道时会有四个明显的阶段。

对我们来说极为重要的是在第二道中的第三阶段是个美妙的地方叫精通。如果我们对于空性在理论上的理解能到达这个水平,我们就能永远地锁上大门并且扔掉通往恶趣的钥匙,这确保了我们再也不会痛苦受身低于人类。这是保护的终极形式,是今生所达的重要里程碑,因此我们能够继续这趟旅行,通过余下的道途抵达最终的目标。

在这两堂非常重要和美妙的课程中,格西麦克通过搜索数千页的古老佛学经典,关于如何和为何我们自己能达到这个水平,给予更多的细节。

这是两堂课程中所讨论的主题概要,以及在视频中所对应的时间:

第一课

0:00 – 介绍

5:40 – 佛陀前世的故事,当他还是菩萨时达到第二道中称为 精通的层面

45:00 -五道的总述,以及前四道的传统名称和定义

51:00 – 第二道的四个部分

55:00 – 第二道四部分的名称

1:09 – 深度分析和解释第二道中的四部分

第二课

0:00 – 通过笔为例子如何教授空性

43:00 – 如何理解空性对业力种子的影响,特别是坏种子是如何被失效的

48:00 – 讨论当我们对于空性的理解到达精通层面时,我们内在发生了什么,使得不可能投身恶趣

1:18 – 五种力量或者练习结合理解空性,创造力量以阻止旧的坏业力种子的成熟和迫使投身恶趣

1:28 – 直证空性是如何足以摧毁旧的坏业力种子

1:30 – 更进一步:深度分析第二道的第四部分

1:32 – 深度层面理解空性的要点: 性质 & 特质

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第一课

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第二课

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一些背景资料,下面是五道的简要描述。

到达第一道,通常是在我们经历个人悲剧-例如母亲的去世,这迫使我们从内承认在这一生中,我们面临着不可避免的痛苦和死亡。据说在菩萨道的人,能够同时意识到身边每一个人都面临着同样的问题。

因此他们带着帮助身边每一个人这样的发心,踏上精神之旅走向五道。这个发心就是我们所说的菩提心。

接着来到第二阶段或叫第二道,他们对于痛苦和世界上的其他一切,到底是从何而来,开始有了理论上的见解。也就是说,他们开始理解世界,以及所有人都是来自于他们意识里业力的种子。而这些种子是由善意或恶意对待他人而种下的。

第二阶段的顶峰时刻,是当精神追寻者首次感知到,生活中的一个真实对象是如何从自己的意识种子里出来,例如灶台上的水壶。

已经到达这样理解的人,在第三阶段他们会更进一步,并且在深度冥想中直接看到,世界上没有任何一件事物是不来自于他们意识里的种子。这个深度冥想与究竟现实相结合,是数亿计累世努力的巅峰,这次冥想是如此的强大,修习者在此之后的短暂时间内,将转化成为证悟者。

在第四阶段,这些深刻见解能够让修习者永久地战胜他们所有的负面情绪,包括误解世界的倾向。第五阶段是完美证悟,身体和意识都转化成光,能够亲自照顾无数个世界上数以亿计的人,并且指引他们到达证悟。

There are five stages or paths in the spiritual evolution of a human being. The second of those five paths is called The Path of Preparation, preparation here specifically refers to gaining an increasingly deeper intellectual understanding of emptiness which gives us the necessary spiritual power to have the direct perception of emptiness on path number three. This increasingly deeper understanding of emptiness progresses through four distinct stages while traversing the second path.

What’s extremely important for us is that at the third stage of the second path is a beautiful place called Mastery. If we can reach this level in our intellectual understanding of emptiness, we can lock the door and throw away the key to the lower realms forever, thus assuring that we never again have to take a suffering birth lower than a human being. This is the ulitmate form of protection, and a crucial milestone to reach in this life so we can continue our journey through the rest of the paths to our final goal.

In this very important and beautiful two classes, Geshe Michael has searched through thousands of pages of the ancient Buddhist classics to give us more detail about how and why we can reach this level ourselves.

Here’s a summary of topics discussed in these two classes and the times in the video that correspond to each of these topics:

Class One

0:00 – Intro

5:40 – The story of a former life of Lord Buddha when he was a bodhisattva and reached the level of the second path called Mastery

45:00 – An overview of the 5 paths and the traditional names and definitions of the first four paths

51:00 – The Four Parts of the Second Path

55:00 – Names of the 4 parts of the Second Path

1:09 – Deeper analysis and expiation of the 4 parts of the 2nd path

Class Two

0:00 – How to teach emptiness using the pen as an example

43:00 – How understanding emptiness effects karmic seeds, specifically how bad seeds are deactivated

48:00 – A discussion about what happens inside of us that makes it impossible for a person to take a lower birth when our understanding of emptiness reaches the level called Mastery

1:18 – The 5 powers or practices when combined with understanding emptiness create the power to prevent old bad karmic seeds from ripening and forcing us to take a lower birth

1:28 – How the direct perception of emptiness is enough goodness to destroy old bad karmic seeds

1:30 – Going further: A deeper analysis of the 4th part of the second path

1:32 – The Key to understand emptiness on a deeper level: Quality & Characteristic

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Just as a bit of background information, here is a quick description of these five paths.

We reach the first most often when we undergo a personal tragedy—such as the death of our mother—which forces us to admit inside that we face inevitable pain and death in this life. It is said that a person who is on the bodhisattva track is able at the same time to recognize that everyone else around them faces the same problem.

And so they undertake their spiritual journey down the five paths with the added intention of helping everyone else around them. This intention is what we call bodhichitta.

The person then moves on to the second stage or path, at which they begin to have intellectual insights into where this pain, and all the rest of the world, is actually coming from. That is, they begin to figure out that their world, and all the people in it, are actually coming from karmic seeds within their own mind. And these seeds have been planted by deeds of either kindness or malice towards others.

This second stage culminates in a moment of understanding where the spiritual seeker first perceives how an actual object in their life—something like a pot on the stove—is actually flowing from seeds in their own mind.

At the third stage, a person who has reached this understanding goes further, and in a state of deep meditation sees directly that there is nothing in the world which is not coming from seeds within their mind. This deep meditational union with ultimate reality, the culmination of billions of lifetimes of effort, is so powerful that the practitioner will, within a brief period of time afterwards, be transformed into an enlightened being.

At the fourth stage, these insights enable the practitioner to overcome, permanently, all of their negative emotions, including the tendency to misunderstand their world. The fifth stage is perfect enlightenment, where mind and body transform into that of a being of light who is capable of attending personally to countless billions of people in countless worlds, guiding them to their own enlightenment.