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The Ornament of Clear Realization:

The Abhisamayalankara, or The Ornament of Clear Realization — is one of the five treatises of the Great Vehicle (Mahayana) that was offered to Asanga by Maitreya, and it is a commentary on the hidden meaning of the Prajñaparamita Sutras (Perfection of Wisdom teachings) describing the entire journey of the bodhisattva, from the generation of bodhichitta to the attainment of complete Enlightenment.
It is included among the so-called "Thirteen great texts", which form the core of the monastic curriculum in most shedras (monastic colleges).

Prajñaparamita, texts are divided into eight topics:

  1. Knowledge of the essence of all things.
  2. Path-knowledge
  3. Base-knowledge, knowledge of the bases, knowledge of the foundation but also all-knowledge (Tib. ཐམས་ཅད་ཤེས་པ་ཉིད་, tamche shepa nyi)
  4. Complete application of all aspects, application of the realization of all aspects Tib. རྣམ་ཀུན་མངོན་རྫོགས་རྟོགས་པ་ and also རྣམ་རྫོགས་སྦྱོར་བ་, namdzog jorwa)
  5. Culminating application, application when reaching the peak just before seeing emptiness directly (Tib. རྩེ་མོར་སྦྱོར་བ་, tsemor jorwa)
  6. Progressive application, gradual training, gradual application of the bodhisattva path Tib. མཐར་གྱིས་པའི་སྦྱོར་བ་, thar gyi jorwa)
  7. Instantaneous application, momentary trainingTib. སྐད་ཅིག་མའི་སྦྱོར་བ་, kechigme jorwa)
  8. Dharmakaya (Tib. ཆོས་སྐུ་, chö ku)

These eight topics are further divided into seventy points such as the:

Definition of Bodhichitta
སེམས་བསྐྱེད་པ་ནི་གཞན་དོན་ཕྱིར། །
ཡང་དག་རྫོགས་པའི་བྱང་ཆུབ་འདོད། །
Arousing bodhicitta is: For the sake of others,
Longing to attain complete enlightenment.
-Maitreya, Ornament of Clear Realization

Not a thing to be removed, nothing to be added
འདི་ལས་བསལ་བྱ་ཅི་ཡང་མེད། །
གཞག་པར་བྱ་བ་ཅུང་ཟད་མེད། །
ཡང་དག་ཉིད་ལ་ཡང་དག་ལྟ། །
ཡང་དག་མཐོང་ན་རྣམ་པར་གྲོལ། །
In this, there is not a thing to be removed,
Nor the slightest thing to be added.
It is looking perfectly into reality itself,
And when reality is seen, complete liberation.
- Maitreya, Ornament of Clear Realization

We will be using the text “Ornament of Clear Realization,” by Maitreya with commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche

This course was offered through our live interactive online classroom Zoom every Tuesday at 7pm EST with Michael Gregory and can be watched now in our HD Video Library. There are class quizzes and course notes provided.

Module 1 First Module  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 1
Module 2 How to Stop Suffering and Help Others to Stop Suffering  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 2
Module 3 What Bodhicitta and Refuge Are  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 3
Module 4 Perfecting the Qualities of the Paths and Stages  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 4
Module 5 Fifth Module  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 5
Module 6 Sixth Module  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 6
Unit 2 COURSE 3: Class 6 Reflections
Module 7 Meditation on and Proofs of Emptiness  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 7
Unit 2 COURSE 3: Class 7 Reflections
Module 8 Eighth Module  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 8
Unit 2 COURSE 3: Class 8 Reflections
Module 9 Ninth Module  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 9
Unit 2 COURSE 3: Class 9 Reflections
Module 10 With Realization, What is Lost  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Class 10
Unit 2 COURSE 3: Class 10 Reflections
Module 11 Course Review  
Unit 1 COURSE 3: Final Review
Unit 2 COURSE 3: Final Review Reflections
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