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 complete the bulk of the sixth chapter on the pāramitā of prajñā. The topics covered include a detailed refutation of the proponents of consciousness and an extensive presentation of personal selflessness.
It will cover Chapter 6 on Prajñā: 1) Refutation of the Chittamatra, 2) Completion of the Refutation of Production from Both Self and Other and From Neither and 3) The Presentation of Relative Production as a Dependent-Arising (Verses 6.48-6.119)
Main faculty: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (This course is based on the recordings and transcripts of the teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the root text of Chandrakīrti’s Madhyamakāvatāra in 1999.)
Live Online Class faculty: Phil Stanley
Dates & Time: Saturdays, August 28–November 13, 2021, 9:00-10:00am Pacific time
Prerequisite: BUD620. It is also 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 that is also beneficial.
- 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 a for Kindle.)
- Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara) Chapter 6, Part Two (Nitartha Institute Publications, 2nd ed. 2009). Abbreviation: 2009
- Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara) Chapter 6, Part Two (Nitartha Institute Publications, 1st ed. 1999) Abbreviations: 1999