By Tsong-ka-pa. Kensur Lekden, Jeffrey Hopkins, Lati Rinbochay, Barbara Frye, Anne Klein, Elizabeth Napper
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W isdom is the mother, and method - die m otivation o f seeking to leave cyclic existence or to attain highest enlighten ment for the sake o f all sentient beings - is the father. I f one does not have the wisdom realizing emptiness, it is impossible to abandon the obstructions to liberation, as Hinayanists seek to do. Sim ilarly, without it one cannot abandon the obstruc tions to omniscience and obtain Buddhahood, as Mahayanists seek to do. In Tibet, M ongolia, and so forth, when a mother has husbands o f different countries and gives birth to a son by each, the sons receive die names o f their fathers’ lineage.
Such phenomena as here and there, the near and far banks o f a river, and yo u and I exist on ly in relation to their respective places o f dependence. O n this side o f the river, this is the near bank, but on that side, the other side is the near bank. It is the same with east, west, south, and north; none o f these exist under their o w n pow er or in their ow n rig h t; they rely on defmite causes for their designation; they are dependent-arisings. T he reason fo r striving in meditation to realize dependentarising and emptiness is that all problem s - birth, ageing, sick ness, death, fighting, discom fort w hen it is hot or cold, hunger, and pain - arise from the afflictions, w hich depend on ignorance o f the nature o f phenomena.
Therefore, it is said that whatever Shakyamuni Buddha and the earlier Buddhas taught was for the sake o f realizing emptiness. They taught emptiness directly to those w ho were vessels o f direct teaching, and i f a student was not suitable for such explicit teaching, they taught practices conducive to realizing emptiness. They did so in order that beings might abandon obstructions, liberating themselves from cyclic existence and attaining Buddhahood. Thus, in the commentaries on Buddha’s word it is said that i f a person forms an understanding o f the correct view, then Buddha’s purpose in com ing to the world is fulfilled.
Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism: With Kensur Lekden’s Meditations of a Tantric Abbot by Tsong-ka-pa. Kensur Lekden, Jeffrey Hopkins, Lati Rinbochay, Barbara Frye, Anne Klein, Elizabeth Napper