BUD 701

Madhyamakavatara II: Entrance to the Middle Way - Semester 2 (SPOC)

This course will explore Chandrakīrti’s extended presentation of the two truths and the introductory part of his refutation of Chittamātra view from the sixth chapter on Prajna, verses 6.24-6.47, of his Madhyamakāvatāra. This is the third course in an in-depth series of courses on this text based on the commentary by the Eighth Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554) and the oral teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

PREREQUISITE:

  • It is very helpful to have studied the Foundation and Intermediate Curricula of Nitartha Institute before taking this course. Having taken BUD700 on Madhyamakāvatāra chapters 1-5 and BUD701 on chapter 6, verses 1-23, is not required, though also beneficial. This course can be taken for Nitartha Institute credit as well as for non-credit. If taken for credit, completion of the Foundation and Intermediate Nitartha curriculum is a prerequisite.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • Wangchuk Dorje, The Ninth Karmapa, The Karmapa’s Middle Way: Feast for the Fortunate, A Commentary on Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakāvatāra, translated by Tyler Dewar (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2008). (This text is also available as an e-book)
  • PLUS:

i) EITHER:

a. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara) Chapter 6, Part One (Nitartha Institute Publications, 2nd ed. 2009). (This was the old 1st ed. 1998)

b. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara) Chapter 6, Part Two (Nitartha Institute Publications, 2nd ed. 2009). (This was the old 1st ed. 1999.) (Note: The very first part of the 2009B 2nd edition is needed for this course, since it was included at the end of the 1st ed. 1998, but was moved to the beginning of the new 2009B 2nd edition.) PDF files will be provided for the 2009B text for this course so you do not need to buy it for this course, but it will be used for the next course in this series in Fall 2021 so you could go ahead and buy it if you like.

ii) OR:

a. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara) Chapter 6, Part One (Nitartha Institute Publications, 1st ed. 1998)

COST:

$200

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.

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Dr. Phil Stanley has been involved in Nitartha Institute since its founding in 1996 and serves as its Dean of Academic Affairs. He is an Professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Buddhism and Tibetan language. He is Co-Director of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon Catalog of the Tibetan and Himalayan Library at the University of Virginia, Co-Convener of the Union Catalog of Buddhist Texts, and Vice-Chair of the International Association of Buddhist Universities.

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