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The Special Insight Chapter of Shabkar’s Emanated Scripture of Manjushri
July 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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We are delighted that Ven. Sean Price, the translator of the Emanated Scripture of Manjushri, will be giving a teaching at Jamyang Buddhist Centre London.
The Buddhist teaching about the Special Insight chapter helps us to unravel Shabkar’s exposition on Middle Way philosophy (Madhyamaka), and the methods for gaining the realisation of the ultimate nature of reality and ending the suffering and dissatisfaction of cyclic existence.
In the history of Buddhism in Tibet, Shabkar’s renown as an accomplished yogi is comparable only to Milarepa. He is widely known for his writings advocating for vegetarianism, but there are many more jewels to be found in the treasure chest of his collected works. Included is The Emanated Scripture of Manjushri, a striking experiential treatise on the stages of the path to enlightenment (lam rim), which stands out among Tibetan literature for its dynamic structure, alternating between verse and prose and in the form of questions and answers between Shabkar himself and his disciples. The pith lam rim instructions found in the Emanated Scripture penetrate the essence of the Buddhist teachings and employ language that has the power to move the heart closer to the profound meaning.
Discover more about the Emanated Scripture of Manjushri
“The Emanated Scripture of Manjushri is quite unique in Tibetan literature, not only because of its being written in the form of questions and answers, alternating verse and prose, but because it is a compendium of short teachings that presents a limpid, concise, and yet profound instruction on the entire graded path to enlightenment. It does so in a nonsectarian manner typical of Shabkar’s approach. This graded path takes us first through a thorough presentation of the “mind training” (Lojong) teachings, based on Je Tsongkhapa’s Great Graded Path (Lam rim chen mo), to pith instructions, essential teachings on the nature of mind according to the Mahamudra tradition of Milarepa, practical explanations on the songs of realization, or dohas, of Saraha, and culminates with the ultimate teachings of the Great Perfection, Dzogchen, the pinnacle of the Nine Vehicles.
Thus, in twenty-three pieces of advice, Shabkar elucidates the essentials of spiritual practice: the need to renounce the world, to rely on a spiritual master, and to unite meditation on emptiness with compassion. He explains how to meditate, how to apply in daily life the insights thus gained, and how to mingle one’s mind with the guru’s mind and liberate thoughts as they arise. Shabkar’s style is crisp and effective, as if he had intended to define each step of the contemplative life in the briefest yet most complete and inspiring way for practitioners.”—from the introduction by Matthieu Ricard
“Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol was an astonishing, highly realized master of Vajrayana Buddhism. He lived the simple life of a hermit, yet his activity and view were extremely vast and all-encompassing. I’m sure that anyone who reads The Emanated Scripture of Manjushri will be struck by Shabkar’s simple yet extremely profound contemplations.” —Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche
10:00 – 11:30
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About the teacher: Ven. Sean Price
Ven. Sean Price (Gelong Ngawang Tenzin Jamchen) became a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 1994 and has since studied at various monastic institutes in India and Nepal; he has resided at Shechen Monastery, Nepal, since 1999, where he has worked on locating and preserving rare Tibetan books and on translating liturgical texts. He has been the director of Tibetan publications for Tsadra Foundation since 2009, is a regular contributor to Lotsawa House, and his published translations include The Supreme Siddhi of Mahamudra: Teachings, Poems, and Songs of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage (Snow Lion Publications, 2017); The Emanated Scripture of Manjushri: Shabkar’s Essential Meditation Instructions (Snow Lion Publications, 2019); and The Collected Minor Writings of Khenpo Gangshar (Nalanda Translation Publications, 2021).
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