Taught by David Midgley and Unjyn Park
Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
May 2 – June 20
The Sutra on The Essence Of The Superior Perfection Of Wisdom (The Heart Sutra) is one of the most important texts in the entire Mahayana Buddhist canon. This text contains the condensed meaning of the 25,000, 18,000 and 8,000 stanza Sutras on the Perfection of Wisdom, the Buddha’s teachings on the final meaning of Emptiness; although the text is extremely short, by studying it carefully in conjunction with authentic commentaries, one can gain a precise understanding of these teachings explaining the ultimate nature of the Self and all phenomena. It is by meditating on this understanding that one is able eventually to completely eliminate the deep-seated misconceptions that are the root cause of suffering and, if combined with the compassionate motivation of Bodhicitta, to attain the supreme state of full Enlightenment.
In this course we shall be studying the meaning of the Heart Sutra in conjunction with commentaries by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Essence of the Heart Sutra, Wisdom Publications, 2005) and Chone Lama Dragpa Shedrub (The Sun Illuminating the Profound Meaning of Emptiness, Happy Monks Publications, 2017); we may also look at commentaries from other Buddhist traditions. It is our hope that in this way you will be able to gain a real insight into the profound meaning of this fundamental text.
Suitable for those with some previous knowledge of the Wisdom aspect of Buddhist teachings.
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About the Teachers:
David Midgley studied philosophy at Manchester, Oxford and York from 1971 to 1985. He met with Tibetan Buddhism in 1980, received his initiation from Lama Zopa Rinpoche a year later and began teaching Buddhism in 1995, under the guidance of Geshe Tashi Tsering. In 1996 he founded Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, serving as its Director for five years and Assistant Director for a further four years, and for the last ten years has been a Trustee of the Centre.
In 2013, David was approved as a certified teacher for the Foundation of Buddhist Thought programme, and taught the full programme at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds over the succeeding two years. In addition to teaching at Jamyang Leeds, he now also leads two other Buddhist groups, in York and Hull.