This course is an in-depth study of Madhyāntavibhāga by Maitreya (ca. 4thcentury)—a key work of Yogācāra Buddhist philosophy—based on the commentaries by Vasubandhu and Ju Mipham (1846–1912), which delineates the distinctions and relationship (vibhāga) between the middle view (madhya) and extremes (anta). We will systematically proceed through its five chapters: the Characteristics, the Obscurations, True Reality, the Path of Practice and the Unsurpassable Vehicle.

Prerequisite: BUD 713

This course is an in-depth study of the Dharmadharmatāvibhāga by Maitreya (ca. 4thcentury)—a short Yogācāra work of the pith instructions class—based on commentaries by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339) and Ju Mipham (1846–1912). We will study the distinction and correlation (vibhāga) between phenomena (dharma) and the nature of phenomena (dharmatā) and discover the key instructions on how to proceed in accessing this nature.

Prerequisite: BUD 760

This course is an in-depth study of the Uttaratantra by Maitreya (ca. 4thcentury)—the influential work of the Tathāgatagarbha tradition—based on the commentary by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye (1813-1899) and Gö Lotsawa Shönnu Pal (1392–1481). We will first look at the selection of sūtras of the third turning, followed by the exposition of the Uttaratantra's seven vajra points: the three jewels, buddha nature, enlightenment, its qualities and enlightened activity.

Prerequisite: BUD 770