Class Descriptions

 
 

The Root of the Middle Way
By Arya Nagarjuna


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.

 

 
 

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.
 
 

 

 
 
Seven Point Mind Training 
Lojong Dondun Ma
By Geshe Chekawa
 

   

Gocha Tulku returns from overseas to teach students at Land of Enlightened Wisdom, the "Seven Point Mind Training".  Gocha Tulku gave a brief introduction to the text to students in February 2018 and has returned to continue the text.  Great Kadampa, Geshe Chekawa, authored the fundamental mind training text called the "Seven Point Mind Training".

There are over one hundred mind training texts; all of which specialize on taming our mind and cultivating Bodhicitta or the altruistic mind of enlightenment.

These Lojong texts belong to Mahayana Buddhism.  Text

 

 
 
Beginning Buddhist Teachings Program 
Foundational Concepts of Buddha's Thought
Geshe Tenzin Sherap and Gocha Tulku

 

 

This level of course covers a wide range of important Buddhist concepts, principles and practices designed for beginner-level students and practitioners interested in Buddhism, especially Tibetan Buddhism.

This level course covers the foundational concepts: The Four Seals, Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, The Four Noble Truths.

Courses are offered to help students to understand the nature of Bodhicitta, the wish to help other beings, used as the prime

 

motivation to develop the wisdom of emptiness.  This class began on May 12, 2018.  Handouts

 

 

 

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