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Four Simple Lines: Contemporary Advice for Practicing Parting from the Four Attachments 
Teacher: His Holiness the 43rd Sakya Trizin Gyana Vajra Rinpoche,
Venue: Online Teaching,
Year: 2021

His Holiness the 43rd Sakya Trizin, Gyana Vajra Rinpoche bestowed this teaching online, at the request of ScinGiang Center, Italy on November 4, 2021.

Parting from the Four Attachments, a concise pith instruction given by Mañjuśrī, the great bodhisattva encompassing wisdom, to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first Sakya Patriarch, contains the entire essence of the Mahayana path toward perfect enlightenment. Specifically, it is the remedy for helping us to remove all kinds of suffering in both the worldly and spiritual paths. 

Parting from the Four Attachments is a popular teaching within the Sakya and other traditions. This specific commentary, however, is presented in a modern context, not just for practitioners but for lay people regardless of religious belief. His Holiness shares with us his insights and views, revolving the four lines of instructions by Mañjuśrī, addressing the misconceptions of Dharma practice as well as how we can be confident to empower ourselves in overcoming sufferings and lead a meaningful, happy life. 

Source: This teaching was obtained from ScinGiang Center Facebook.

Buddha imparted innumerous amounts of teachings. Parting from the Four Attachments contains all the teachings. It is the essence of the Dharma and serves as our GPS on the path to enlightenment. 

Is buddhahood even possible? Once we have grasped the essence, we grasp it all. 

In this text, His Holiness explains the profundity of Parting from the Four Attachments in a simple and comprehensive manner so that all of us—monastics and lay people, whether we are having a busy or relaxing lifestyle—are able to put it into practice in our daily lives. Only by implementing the Dharma in our lives, are we truly embarking on the journey toward buddhahood.