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While in India during the Days of Miracles, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave an oral transmission of the Vajra Cutter Sutra on Vulture’s Peak. After the transmission, he led the group of students who had come with him to Vulture’s Peak from Root Institute in a meditation on emptiness.
The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has posted an audio recording and transcription of the meditation led by Rinpoche. At the beginning of the meditation Rinpoche shared a quotation from the Seventh Dalai Lama:
Every single base of samsara and nirvana,
Although illusion made by one’s own conception,
Is held as ultimate so therefore deceives,
Do not fixate as ultimate, see as empty.
Ven. Sarah Thresher tells the story of the transmission and meditation in “Picnic at Vulture’s Peak” in the new print edition of Mandala.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an organization dedicated to preserving Mahayana Buddhism through offering the Buddha’s authentic teachings and to facilitating reflection, meditation, practice and the opportunity to actualize and directly experience the Buddha’s teachings. Sign up to receive news and updates.
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