Watching the Seabus come into Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

The nature of wisdom

Lamp for the Path: Verse 47

Understanding emptiness of inherent existence through realizing that the aggregates, constituents and sources are not produced [do not come into being] is described as wisdom.

“This reference to the emptiness of inherent existence of all things refers to the ultimate nature of reality. In our ordinary perception of the world, we tend to perceive things as enjoying some kind of absolute status, as having concrete, objective reality. If we subject them to deeper analysis, however, we find that things do not exist in the way that they appear to us. All things and events lack inherent nature, and this absence of inherent nature is their ultimate reality, or emptiness.

Given that things lack inherent existence, their properties, such as coming into being, abiding and ceasing, also lack inherent existence.”

Illuminating The Path to Enlightenment

Tenzin Gyatso
His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Of Tibet

A Commentary on Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana’s A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment & Lama Je Tsong Khapa’s Lines of Experience

Translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa

Edited by Rebecca McClen Novick, Thubten Jinpa, and Nicholas Ribush