Contemplative Studies Program Blog
Congratulations! You made it to the summit of the gradual path.
The correct view of reality sees the conventional reality of people, places, things, and experiences, as inseparable from their ultimate reality, the lack of inherent existence. Emptiness is form, form is emptiness. Which means we...
Renunciation: Evolutionary Self-Care.
Congratulations on making it to the first milestone on our journey of awakening!
The gradual path is comprised of a series of reflections that step-by-step lead us to three major milestone or realizations:
1) Renunciation, the determination to be free.
One of Tsongkhapa's big critiques is that you cannot arrive at enlightenment without a good start. Don't throw out your conceptual knowledge. Don't throw out your ability to reason your way to enlightenment.
Go back for a second to the image of meditation in our culture. What does it look like?...