Madhyamakavatara I: Entrance to the Middle Way (SPOC)
This course is an in-depth study of Chandrakīrti's Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). It begins with the presentation of the Madhyamaka of the model texts followed by a close examination of the first five Madhyamakāvatāra's chapters, which correlate with the first five bodhisattva bhūmis. Several difficult points are covered, such as the three reasons which prove that arhats realize selflessness of persons.
The course features audio recordings of 15 lectures given by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute, Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, Canada in June 1997, verse by verse commentary on Madhyamakāvatāra’s chapters 1-5, on the basis of Mikyö Dorje’s The Chariot of the Dakpo Kagyü Siddhas. Those lectures were given in English and are usually 90 min. long. Talks include lively Q&A discussions with students.
It also features video recordings of lectures by Dr. Phil Stanley corresponding to each of Rinpoche's talks, given to online students during the 2020 Spring Semester.
Students are also provided with review questions, analytical meditation topics, debate topics, handouts and charts, to support their journey through the course material.
Nitartha’s Payment Plan and Financial Assistance (PPFA) program is funded by fellow students to support those who would not be able to attend the Institute’s courses without this assistance. To request aid, please fill out the PPFA application before you register for the course.