This course is an in-depth study of Madhyāntavibhāga by Maitreya (ca. 4th century)—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

Required text:

    • Middle Beyond Extremes: Maitreya's Madhyantavibhaga with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham, translated by Dharmachakra Translation Committee, 2006, Snow Lion Publications

This course is an in-depth study of the Dharmadharmatāvibhāga by Maitreya (ca. 4th century)—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

Required texts:

    • Mining for Wisdom within Delusion: Maitreya's Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries, by Karl Brunnhölzl, 2013, Snow Lion Publications
    • Unfolding the Light of Wisdom: A Commentary on the Verses of the Dharmadharmatāvibhāga, by Lama Mipham, translated by Karl Brunnhölzl and Jordan Leahy, Nitartha Institute Publications 
    • Commentary on The Distinction between Phenomena & the Nature of Phenomena, by Karl Brunnhölzl, Nitartha Institute Publications
    • Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature: Maitreya's Dharmadharmatavibhanga with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham, translated by Dharmachakra Translation Committee, 2013, Snow Lion Publications 
    • Maitreya's Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being: Commentary by Mipham, translated by Jim Scott, 2004, Snow Lion Publications

This course is an in-depth study of the Uttaratantra by Maitreya (ca. 4th century)—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

Required texts: 

    • When the Clouds Part: The Uttaratantra and Its Meditative Tradition as a Bridge between Sutra and Tantra, by Karl Brunnhölzl, 2015, Snow Lion Publications  
    • Commentary on the Fourth Vajra Point in the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications 
    • Commentary on Vajra Points One-Three & Five-Eight in the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications 

Recommended text:

    • A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Go Lotsawa's Mahamudra Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhaga, by Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Wisdom Publications, 2008