A one-night crash course on The Wheel of Life as it appears in the Heart Sutra. This teaching concentrates on one part in the middle of the Heart Sutra where Lord Buddha starts to explain about Emptiness and connects it to the twelve links of dependent origination from The Wheel of Life.
The following reading was from another teaching on the Wheel of Life which was given in Austin, Texas on March 15-16, 2006, but we included it here because it will be useful for those listening to this course too.
The following is a powerpoint presentation showing the detail of each link in the Wheel of Life. It was also from the teaching on the Wheel of Life which was given in Austin, Texas on March 15-16, 2006.
To deepen your study on the information introduced in this course, please refer to the following courses on The Knowledge Base:
Secrets From The Wheel of Life (2013, New York, Geshe Michael Roach)
Sometimes your life is just on a roll. The way you always wanted it. Your job is going well, your relationship is great, you have good energy and you feel happy.
But how to keep it going? Can we get our life on an upward spiral and just keep it there? Forever? There is a way. It goes all the way back to the Buddha, more than 2,000 years ago. The Buddha didn’t just get enlightened—he also found a way that all of us can use, to get our career and our relationship in an upward spiral and keep it there.
The Buddha sent us a message in a bottle, a special painting called the Wheel of Life. In this painting he packed everything we need to know to get our upward spiral started.
For centuries, the secret of how to decode the Wheel has been passed down by the monks of Sera Mey Tibetan Monastery. In three evenings of talks given in New York City, February 26-28, 2013, Geshe Michael Roach taught how to unlock the Wheel, so we can create upward spirals in our career, our relationship, our health, and in bringing peace to the whole world.
Listen, and get your life on an upward spiral!
Daily Practice Series Course 08: The Heart Sutra, A Meditation on Emptiness (2000, Soquel, Geshe Michael Roach)
The Heart Sutra is one of the most popular prayers in Buddhism. It contains seemingly mystical, impenetrable verses that describe how reality does exist, and the way in which it does not exist. This meditation penetrates into the real meaning of the sutra, which describes how our very nature, including our bodies, minds and identities are not what they appear to be. We meditate on the very nature of ultimate reality (emptiness) to discover where things come from and how they really exist. This is an excellent introductory overview meditation on emptiness. This topic was covered twice, each time with a different emphasis, and both versions have been provided.