Discussion and resources for students currently studying and practicing the Pratyekabuddhayāna with Phakchok Rinpoche.
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Rinpoche says that “ego-clinging” is definitely a problem for Pratekyabuddhas, but Pratekybuddhas focus more so on the issue of subject-object duality. They seet hat when we go beyond ego clinging, we also go beyond clinging to objects“outside of us”. They compare objects to bubbles, to a mirage, etc.
Śrāvakayana and Pratekyabuddhayana therefore have a different approach. Śrāvakas see the body as a dream, and Pratekyabuddhas see experience itself as a dream. Śrāvakas also do not talk about “all ground consciousness”.
Rinpoche talks about the philosophical differences between the very important Vaibhāṣika and Sautrāntika schools of thought.
The main point to remember is that we cannot find one single entity that is “me”.
We need to reflect and maintain the subtle understanding that we do not exist in the way we think we do.
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