This course is an in-depth study of Abhidharmakośa by Vasubandhu (ca. 4thcentury) - the seminal work of Buddhist Abhidharma tradition—based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will explore the first four chapters, covering topics of phenomenology (skandhas, āyatanas, dhātus and faculties); the truth of suffering: the outer vessel (the world) and its inner content (sentient beings); and karma, from which the world and its beings arise.


This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Abhidharmakośa by Vasubandhu (ca. 4thcentury) - a seminal work of Buddhist Abhidharma tradition—based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will explore the last four chapters, covering topics of mental afflictions, the path of relinquishing afflictions, wisdoms gained on the path, and absorptions, from which the wisdoms arise.


This course is an in-depth study of Pramānavārttika by Dharmakīrti (ca. 7thcentury)—the influential work of Buddhist Pramāna tradition—based on commentaries by the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyamtso (1454–1506) and Sakya Pandita (1182–1251). We will explore the first two chapters: establishing the Buddha as a source of valid cognition, and exposition of direct perception. 



This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Pramānavārttika by Dharmakīrti (ca. 7thcentury)—the influential work of Buddhist Pramāna tradition—based on commentaries by the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyamtso (1454–1506) and Sakya Pandita (1182–1251). We will continue the exploration of the second chapter on direct perception and conclude with chapters three and four which present inference for oneself and inference of others.