Shedra 2009 Teachings on Mipham Rinpoche's commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra - Part 2

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This is part 2 of the teachings on the Uttaratantra Shastra.

We are at the fourth vajra point, Buddha nature, within a detailed explanation of the ten attributes of the element (khams):

3.2.2.2.1.3.2 The result accomplished by action
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.1 Teaching common to both what is to be attained and what attains it
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.2 Detailed explanations of the nature of each individually
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.2.1 The result that is to be attained
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.2.1.1 How the opposites, which are to be abandoned, are abandoned
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.2.1.2 How, by abandoning these, the four results are obtained
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.2.1.3 How, by abandoning them, liberation from the two extremes is attained
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.2.2 The action that attains it
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.2.2.1 If there were no dharmadhatu, there would be no idea of rejecting samsara and adopting nirvana
3.2.2.2.1.3.2.2.2.2 The action of the affinity being present is that the faults and qualities are understood
3.2.2.2.1.3.3 How they are endowed with all the qualities
3.2.2.2.1.3.3.1 Teaching common to possession of qualities of both cause and result

  • Teaching of 17-Jan-2009: The four Qualities, the four Obscurations and their Antidotes
    online: 20090117PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.386-391, verses 34-42.

3.2.2.2.1.3.3.2 Explanation of the nature of each
3.2.2.2.1.3.3.2.1 Possessing the cause qualities
3.2.2.2.1.3.3.2.2 Possessing the result qualities
3.2.2.2.1.3.4 Its implementation , which is different according to the individual
3.2.2.2.1.3.4.1 How it was taught through its implementation by the three kinds of individual
3.2.2.2.1.3.4.2 How it is progressively purified in those three kinds of individual
3.2.2.2.1.3.5 The phases merely nominally distinct
3.2.2.2.1.3.5.1 How the three phases are named
3.2.2.2.1.3.5.2 How all three are what is defined by the six points
3.2.2.2.1.3.6 It is omnipresent, like space
3.2.2.2.1.3.6.1 How the non-conceptual state pervades everything
3.2.2.2.1.3.6.2 How its general characteristic is indivisible
3.2.2.2.1.3.7 It is forever unchanging
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.1 Showing the phases to be unchanging
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2 Detailed explanation of how this is so
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1 There is no change in the phase of impurity
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1 .How it is unchanging like space
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.1 Brief teaching
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2 Detailed explanation
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2.1 How phenomena apparently arise and perish
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2.2 The absolute nature does not perish
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2.3 Detailed explanation of the true nature
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2.3.1 The analogy

  • Teaching of 18-Jan-2009: Result, Endowment and Entrance According to Different Types of Individuals
    online: 20090118PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.391-396, verses 43-55.

3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2.3.2 What it illustrates
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2.3.3 How the two are related
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2.4 How adventitious samsara changes
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.2.5 How its nature is unchanging
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.1.3 Summary of these five sections
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.2 Particular explanation
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.2.1 It is unchanging, devoid of arising and perishing
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.1.2.2 Changingness is like the three fires
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2 It is unchanging in the phase of impurity and purity
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1 The main subject: it is not changed by birth and so forth
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.1 How the unchanging appears to change
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.2 Detailed explanation of that point
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.2.1 They are unchanged by the conditioning causes of suffering
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.2.2 They appear to change by the power of compassion

  • Teaching of 20-Jan-2009: The element is unchanging like space.
    online: 20090120PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.396-400, verses 56-68.

3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.3 Identifying the qualities of the bodhisattvas
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.3.1 The qualities of those who have given birth to bodhicitta
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.3.2 The qualities of those who have undertaken the sublime action
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.3.3 The qualities of those who have attained the irreversible level
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.3.4 The qualities of those who are in the last life
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.2.1.3.5 The differences in terms of the accomplishment of the two goals
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.3 It is unchanging in the phase of utterly complete purity
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.3.1 A concise teaching on how it is unchanging
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.3.2 A detailed explanation of those aspects
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.3.2.1 A Brief Presentation
3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.3.2.2 A Detailed Explanation

  • Teaching of 21-Jan-2009: The qualities of the bodhisattvas on the different bhumis.
    online: 20090121PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.400-405, verses 69-82.

3.2.2.2.1.3.7.2.3.2.3 A summary
3.2.2.2.1.3.8 Its qualities are inseparable from it
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.1 Brief account using the terms
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2 Detailed explanation
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.1 Detailed explanation of the synonyms
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.1.1 It is taught using four terms as there are four meanings
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.1.2 Explanation combining them with their meanings
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.2 Detailed explanation of the essence of the topic
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.2.1 Detailed explanation of their not being two things
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.2.2 Detailed explanation of liberation and nirvana
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.3 Analogies to make it certain
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.3.1 The analogy of the painting

  • Teaching of 22-Jan-2009: It's qualities are inseparable from it.
    online: 20090122PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.405-410, verses 83-95.

3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.3.2 The analogy of the sun
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.3.2.1 Four corresponding qualities are like the sun
3.2.2.2.1.3.8.2.3.2.2 There is no nirvana apart from buddhahood
3.2.2.2.1.4 The aspects that have been explained summarized and linked with what follows
3.2.2.2.1.5 Explanation of the analogies as links
3.2.2.2.1.5.1 How defilement and essence are related by their correspondence in common
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.1 How the dhatu is omnipresent in beings
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.1.1 Brief introduction
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.1.2 Analogies and their meanings combined
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2 Detailed explanation of the analogies for that and their meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.1 The buddha in the decaying lotus
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.1.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.1.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.1.3 Analogy and meaning combined
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.2 The honey and the bees
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.2.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.2.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.2.3 Analogy and meaning combined

  • Teaching of 24-Jan-2009: Buddha-nature analogies: The buddha in a decaying lotus, the honey and the bees.
    online: 20090124PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.410-415, verses 96-107.

3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.3 The kernel in the husk
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.3.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.3.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.3.3 Analogy and meaning combined
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.4 The gold in filth
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.4.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.4.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.4.3 Analogy and meaning combined
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.5 The treasure under the earth
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.5.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.5.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.5.3 Analogy and meaning combined
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.6 The sprout in a tiny seed
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.6.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.6.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.6.3 Analogy and meaning combined

  • Teaching of 25-Jan-2009: Buddha-nature analogies: kernel in the husk, gold in filth, the treasure under the earth, the sprout in a tiny seed.
    online: 20090125PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.415-419, verses 108-120.

3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.7 The conqueror's statue in a ragged cloth
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.7.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.7.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.7.3 Analogy and meaning combined
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.8 The ruler in the womb
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.8.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.8.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.8.3 Analogy and meaning combined
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.9 The golden statue in clay
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.9.1 The analogy
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.9.2 The meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.1.2.9.3 Analogy and meaning combined

  • Teaching of 27-Jan-2009: Analogies: the conqueror's statue in a ragged cloth, the ruler in the womb, the golden statue in clay.
    online: 20090127PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.419-424, verses 121-132.

3.2.2.2.1.5.1.3 Summary and how this is so without beginning
3.2.2.2.1.5.2 How defilement and essence are related by their correspondence individually
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.1 How the defilements in particular are symbolized
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.1.1 Classification of the obscuring defilements
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.1.2 How they obscure the dharmadhatu
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.1.3 Detailed explanation of each analogy and its meaning

  • Teaching of 28-Jan-2009: Relating the analogies with defilements, discards and stages on the path.
    online: 20090128PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.424-427, verses 133-142.

3.2.2.2.1.5.2.1.4 Additional summary of the general meaning
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2 How the nature, the dharmadhatu, is symbolized
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.1 A brief introduction to the three properties symbolised by the nine analogies
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.2 Their individual definitions
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3 Detailed explanation of the nature of those distinctions
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3.1 The analogies for the dharmakaya and their meanings
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3.1.1 The two aspects of dharmakaya
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3.1.2 How these are related to the analogies
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3.2 The analogy for suchness and its meaning

  • Teaching of 29-Jan-2009: The analogies and the three natures of the element: dharmakaya, suchness, gotra.
    online: 20090129PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.427-431, verses 143-151.

3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3.3 The analogies for affinity and their meanings
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3.3.1 The two affinities and their analogies
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3.3.2 How the three kayas are attained through them
3.2.2.2.1.5.2.2.3.3.3 These combined with the analogies
3.2.2.2.1.6 How the meaning taught is realized through faith

  • Teaching of 30-Jan-2009: How the analogies relate to the kayas.
    online: 20090130PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.431-432, verses 152-156.

3.2.2.2.1.7 Introducing emptiness, which is to be realised
3.2.2.2.1.8 The reasons for explaining these topics
3.2.2.2.1.8.1 Brief summary using a question and answer
3.2.2.2.1.8.1.1 The question
3.2.2.2.1.8.1.2 Its answer

  • Teaching of 01-Feb-2009: Introducing emptiness, which is to be realised.
    online: 20090201PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.433-436, verses 157-160.

3.2.2.2.1.8.2 Detailed explanation
3.2.2.2.1.8.2.1 The intention behind emptiness being taught in other teachings
3.2.2.2.1.8.2.2 The benefits of teaching the dharmadhatu in this Continuum
3.2.2.2.1.8.2.2.1 The dharmadhatu was taught in order that the faults should be discarded
3.2.2.2.1.8.2.2.2 How the faults arise
3.2.2.2.1.8.2.2.3 How the benefits of discarding the mistakes are obtained

  • Teaching of 02-Feb-2009: Why emptiness is thaught in teachings of the second turning and buddha nature is taught in this teachings.
    online: 20090202PH1030DP.mp3
    Mipham gsung 'bum p.436-440, verses 161-170.


From the Uttaratantra Shastra, the Devisions of the Affinity of the Jewels, this is the first chapter, on the tathagatagarbha.

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