This course is an exposition of the Middle Way philosophical tradition. Students will explore the ground, path, and fruition of Madhyamaka, the classification of knowable objects into the two realities, and cultivate certainty in twofold identitylessness, namely, 1) the emptiness of all phenomena through engaging in the five great Madhyamaka reasonings, and (2) the emptiness of a self of persons using the sevenfold analysis of the chariot. This course is based on the Middle Way section of Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Taye’s The Treasury of Knowledge, with the transcript of the oral commentary on this section by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen. The course will also use selections from Karl Brunnhölzl’s The Center of the Sunlit Sky.

Prerequisite: BUD501 is required, and it is recommended that all four Mind and Its World courses be taken before taking level 2.

Required texts:  

  • TOK: Root Text: Selections from The Presentation of Madhyamaka in The Treasury of Knowledge, Nitartha Institute Publications 

  • ALTG: Sourcebook: Commentary on The Presentation of Madhyamaka In the Treasury of Knowledge, by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 2009, Nitartha Institute Publications 

  • CSS: The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyü Tradition, by Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl, 2004, Snow Lion Publications