Madhyamakavatara II: Entrance to the Middle Way - Semester 1 (SPOC)
This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Chandrakīrti’s Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). Students study the first part of the sixth chapter on the pāramitā of prajñā, which is at the heart of the entire text, presenting the reasoning for realizing emptiness by refuting arising from the four extremes. This section also includes a presentation of the distinction between the Prāsangika and Svātantrika Schools of Madhyamaka.
This Nitartha Online Campus course features audio recordings of 12 lectures given by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute, Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, Canada in August and September 1998, which were verse by verse commentaries on the first half of Madhyamakāvatāra’s chapter 6, on the basis of the Eight Karmapa Mikyö Dorje’s The Chariot of the Dakpo Kagyü Siddhas. The lectures were given in English and are usually 90 min. long. Talks include lively Q&A discussions with students.
It also features recordings of lectures by Dr. Phil Stanley corresponding to each of Rinpoche's talks, given to online students during the 2020 Fall Semester.
Students are also provided with review questions, 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.