The Essential Teachings of the Buddhadharma
the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche
During this lecture I wish to discuss the view, meditation and action in the Buddhist tradition in general.
The Buddhist teachings are very vast and profound. In order to be able to integrate the teachings properly, one must proceed by learning the view, by meditating on the instructions and by acting accordingly, all three aspects must be present.
There are 84,000 general teachings of the Buddha. All teachings are directed towards becoming free from the three mind poisons of ignorance, attachment and aversion. As such, there are what is known as the three baskets of teachings showing how to become free of these poisons. These three baskets of teachings are presented in the three vehicles of learning: discipline, meditation and wisdom. These three are employed in order to develop the three wisdoms won from hearing, from contemplating and from meditating, and to engender the correct view, meditation and action. The three vehicles of learning are explained in the three baskets of teachings, summarized in the two truths: the relative and ultimate truths.