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Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way
By AryaDeva 
 

   

Madhyamika is a philosophy of the middle way between two impossible extremes, that of reified or objective existence  and that of total non-existence.

Madhyamika philosophy demonstrates through the use of reasoning that though things do not exist independently and concretely as they seem to do, they neverless exist: their mode of existence is a dependent one.

AryaDeva 

Aryadeva, was a disciple of Nagarjuna and author of several important Mahayana Madhyamaka Buddhist texts. 

 
Text: Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way, can be purchased from Shambhala Publications or Amazon.
 
 

Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom
Translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita
Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.
 

   

Dhammapada is a highly esteemed text in Pali Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. The original text was composed in the ancient Pali language.  According to the Theraveda Buddhism tradition, each verse in the dhammapada was originally spoken by the Buddha in repsonse to specific events.

All the essential teachings of Buddha are comprised in the 432 verses and provides sympathetic counsel, inspires humility and relfections and is a perennial source of inspiration and practical instruction for right living.

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Text: The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom,  Translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita,

 

 

The Root of the Middle Way


Geshe Tenzin Sherap presents the second teaching of the Middle Way School at Land of Enlightened Wisdom. There are four schools of Buddhism: Great Exposition School, Sutra School, Mind Only School and the Middle Way School. This couse will explore the emptiness from the view of the Middle Way School using many different logistic reasoning to dismantle the innate view of a solid intrinsic self. The studying of the Sutra School and Mind Only is essential to understanding the Middle Way School.

The Middle Way is one the higher schools of thought consisting of two sub schools: Svatantrika and Prasangika. According to Tibetan Buddhism, Prasangikas are the highest authority on the nature of reality.  Arya Nagarjuna and Acharya Chandrakirti are the greatest authority figures elucidating the Prasangika Madhyamika School of Thought.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes,"Nagarjuna's Root of the Middle Way presents a clear, firm philosophical thesis with respect to things' lacking true existence. It argues that just as sentient beings are devoid of innate existence, so are all Buddhas, the cycle of existence, and the tranquility of nirvana. Such assertions are a great source of inspiration, for they suggest that each of us has the opportunity to scale the greatest spiritual heights, provided we tread on the right path."

 Text: The Ornament of Reason - The Great Commentary to Nagarjuna's Root of the Middle Way  by Mabja Jangchub Tsondru and by translated by The Dharmachakra Translation CommitteeIt can ordered from Shambhala Publications or Amazon.

This course began on Friday, October 23, 2015 and will be ongoing until the 27 Chapters have been presented.

 

 

 

 

 

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