Prajñā does not refer to passive knowledge, such as knowing stuff on Wikipedia or knowing how to get from Vancouver to Halifax. Prajñā is the active inquisitiveness of our mind, its basic curiosity of wanting to find out how things really are. If we look at the Buddha’s own career, this is exactly how he started. He did not start with the answers or by following some religion, tradition, or code of behaviour. He started with questions. As Prince Siddhārtha he lived in his sheltered existence in the palace of his parents, who wished to protect him from the bad world (as most parents do). However, eventually he got out with his charioteer and saw things he had never seen before, such as an old person. He asked his charioteer, “What is that?” “This is an old person.” “Does this happen to everyone?” “Yes, even to you.” The same exchange took place when Siddhārtha saw a dying person and a sick person. When he finally saw a meditator under a tree, the charioteer explained, “This guy tries to overcome all the problems that you saw before.” Every time, Siddhārtha realized, “I do not really know what is going on here,” so he tried to find out, which is now known as the Buddhist path.
Nalandabodhi Teachers in Your CommunityNov 02, 2014NalandaWestNov 07, 2014Nalandabodhi Boulder – OdantapuriNov 21, 2014Nalandabodhi Boulder – Odantapuri
Buzz + BlogOctober 22, 2014
Master Thangka Painter R.D. Salga at NalandaWestOctober 20, 2014
“Awake in Seattle” at NalandaWest: Nov 15 – 16, 2014October 15, 2014
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche online interview: “Mind is So Beautiful”September 25, 2014
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: A Decade of Teaching With Seattle as Home
City SpotlightNew York, NY USA May 16-18, 2014 Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl: Great Shentong Madhyamaka Halifax, Nova Scotia CANADA May 23-25, 2014 Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl: Get Unreal! Bloomfield, CT USA May 30-June 1 Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl: Confusion to Awakening