Distinguishing Consciousness and Wisdom

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The Distinction between Consciousness and Wisdom (Tib.: namshe yeshe jepa) is a central text of the III Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and a profound explanation of mind, consciousness and wisdom. The text describes the Eight Modes of Consciousness and their function, the nature of the Five Wisdoms, and explains why the natural state of our mind is ultimate wisdom. First we deal with our mind as the cause of delusion and being free from delusion, and then with how we can discover the wisdoms within us.

The course by Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye includes teachings on this profound text as well as appropriate meditations that allow us to deepen this theme through our own contemplation and experience.

Recommended literature: Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche “Transcending Ego: Distinguishing Consciousness from Wisdom”

English with German translation.

Additional Texts used for daily practrice: PDF Download

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Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye

Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye has been one of the resident lamas of Kamalashila Institute since 1999. He was born in Nepal and studied at Karma Shri Nalanda Monastic University in Rumtek/Sikkim, later teaching at Karma Lekshey Ling Monastery in Kathmandu. His most important teacher, with whom he took refuge and was ordained, was the 3rd Jamgön Kongtrul, Karma Chökyi Lodrö Senge. As part of his teaching activities, he visits Buddhist centers throughout Europe and supervises Kamalashila city groups. He is a competent teacher of Buddhist philosophy and the meditation practices of sutra, tantra and Mahamudra.

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