Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Uttaratantra - Verse about sources for suffering

OK, we will go through a very compressed verse from Uttaratantra to find out from where las dang nyon mongs arise, as that's important in order to figure out the second and later third noble truth.

If you have access to the Tibetan text, it's the sixtieth verse, but you could take a look at this online version from Asian Classics Institute. Do a search inside this document, just for fun look through las dang nyon mongs to see where they are used. This way you get more patterns and you get familiar with Tibetan texts. Also, check out the beginning of the text, you should now be able to figure out the title in Tibetan, and most likely in Sanskrit, too.

Now, do a search for TSUL BZHIN MA YIN YID BYED KYIS, and the line below. That's what we will go through next. It will be an interesting puzzle, indeed, as verses are very compressed, and you need to find out the whole meaning by slowly going through the material.

I must say, it's a very beautiful presentation, I've been using various commentaries on Uttaratantra to see how it's presented, and wow it's very to the point, and the rest is also very interesting. You will notice why it's important to get to the root texts via commentaries, otherwise it all sounds strange and confusing. The reason is that texts such as these were tools to be memorized, and by the memorization the meaning was presented, but the meaning had to be shown by a teacher.

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