The reason why it is important to understand the Chittamatra system is because, first of all, one will not be able to understand the view of Shentong Madhyamaka if one does not properly understand the Chittamatra view. Secondly, when one is learning the view of mahamudra that is explained in the Vajrayana, if one does not properly understand the Chittamatra view, one will have a difficult time understanding mahamudra. At the time of mahamudra pointing-out instructions on the basis of appearances, if one does not understand the Chittamatra view, one might be given the pointing-out instructions on the basis of appearances, but actually receiving that pointing out instruction in one’s own mind will be very difficult.
A systematic presentation of the philosophical tenets of the Madhyamaka (“Middle Way”) Tradition of the Mahayana. Based on sections from Jamgon Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge.
A systematic presentation of the stages of the path of the Bodhisattva, as well as of the Hearer Arhat (Shravaka Arhat) and Solitary Buddha (Pratyekabuddha), based on Jamgon Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge (Shey-ja-dzer) and Asanga’s Ornament of Clear Realization (Abhisamayalankara).
A systematic presentation of the teachings of the Buddha Nature tradition based on Maitreya’s Uttaratantra and its commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul.