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BUD702 Madhyamakāvatāra III: Entrance to the Middle Way (DPR 1999), Part I (12 classes)

Online

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

$200

BUD520 Mind & Its World III: Vaibhashika Philosophical Tradition (14 classes)

Online

This course is an exposition of the Vaibhashika philosophical tradition, based on The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. Students explore foundational classifications of knowable objects: the five bases, five aggregates, twelve sources and eighteen constituents, followed by the presentation of the Vaibhāṣika theory of causation from Collected Topics and the twelve links of dependent origination. Faculty: Mark Seibold and Francis Sullivan Dates and Time: Sundays, September 12 - December 12, 2021, 7:30am - 9:00am Pacific time Prerequisite: BUD501 Required texts: Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and

$200

BUD554 Debate II (for Spring 2021 Debate students only)

Online

This course continues the methodical training in elementary debate skills on the basis of the Collected Topics Debate I course. Students learn how to challenge the second mode, study the debate strategies of the challenger and the defender and how to bring a debate to completion. The debate content consists of the classification of objects in terms of entity and the classification of mind into primary minds and mental events. Faculty: Jirka Hladiš and Alison McKee Dates & Time: Mondays, September 13–December 13, 2021, 5:00–6:30p Pacific time Prerequisite: This course is open only to students who have completed the Spring 2021 Debate I course (BUD553) Required Texts: none

$200

BUD502 Clear Thinking (7 classes)

Online

This course is an introductory exposition of knowable objects drawn from the Abhidhama tradition, based on Collected Topics root text. Students learn methods for thinking clearly by formulating definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications, and by exploring the four types of logical relationships between two phenomena. Faculty: Dr. Phil Stanley Dates and Time: Mondays September 13 - October 25, 6pm - 7:30pm Pacific time Prerequisite: None Required Texts: Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications Clear Thinking Workbook, Nitartha Institute Publications

$130
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