This course is an in-depth study of Chandrakīrti's Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will begin with the presentation of the Madhyamaka of the model texts followed by a close examination of the first five Madhyamakāvatāra's chapters correlated with the first five bodhisattva bhūmis. Several difficult points will be covered such as the three reasons which prove that arhats realize selflessness of person.


This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Chandrakīrti's Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will study the first part of the sixth chapter on the pāramitā of prajñā which primarily deals with the reasoning refuting arising from the four extremes. The difficult points covered include the prāsangika-svātantrika distinction as well as the presentation of the two truths. 


This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Chandrakīrti's Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will complete the bulk of the sixth chapter on the pāramitā of prajñā. The topics covered include a detailed refutation of the proponents of consciousness, and an extensive presentation of personal selflessness.


This course is the completion of the in-depth study of Chandrakīrti's Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will conclude the sixth chapter followed by the presentation of remaining bodhisattva grounds of realization and the resultant bhūmi of Buddhahood. The topics covered include sixteen emptinesses and the discussion about the nature of budhahood: Does the Buddha’s wisdom exist and what do Buddhas see? 


This course is an in-depth study of Abhisamayālamkāra by Maitreya (ca. 4thcentury) - the decisive elucidation of the hidden meaning of prajñāpāramitā related to the path of the Mahāyāna - based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will study the first of the eight abhisamayas, or clear realizations: Chapter one - "The Knowledge of All Aspects," which is the direct realization that all aspects are primordial peace. 


This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Abhisamayālamkāra by Maitreya (ca. 4thcentury), based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will study the second and the third abhisamaya: Chapter two - "The Knowledge of the Path," which is direct realizations that the three paths are primordial peace, and Chapter three - "The All-knowledge," the direct realization that all bases are primordial peace without abiding in existence or peace.


This course is the completion of the in-depth study of the Abhisamayālamkāra by Maitreya (ca. 4thcentury), based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will study remaining five abhisamayas: Chapter four through eight - "The Training in All Aspects," "The Culminating Training," "The Serial Training," "The Instantaneous Training," and "The Dharmakāya."


This course is based on the Abhisamayālamkāra by Maitreya (ca. 4thcentury) and its commentaries in the Tibetan Nyingma Tradition. Primarily we will study the commentary by Dza Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887), a prominent master of Rime, the 19thcentury non-sectarian movement in Tibet.