Madhyamakavatara, by Chandrakirti - Introduction to the Middle Way
Madhyamakavatara, by Chandrakirti - Introduction to the Middle Way
 
Teacher: Khenpo Ngawang Jorden
Year: 2012
Lessons: 18
Language: English

 
 

A detailed presentation of the philosophy of emptiness, based on the classical treatise by Chandrakirti, one of the main expounders of the Madhyamaka or Middle Way school in India. The treatise is also a commentary on the purport of the Mulamadhyamakakarika, the Root Verses on the Middle Way by Nagarjuna, the father of this tradition. 

Chapters 1 to 10 deal with the bodhisattva's practice of the ten paramitas (or perfection), with a special emphasis on the perfection of wisdom in the text 6th and main chapter of the book. This chapters discusses in great detail the emptiness of phenomena and of the individual. The 11th and final chapter is a discussion of the qualities of buddhahood. 

Chapter 1: The first generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the first bhumi, the ground of complete joy

Chapter 2: The second generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the second bhumi, the stainless ground

Chapter 3: The third generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of third bhumi, the luminous ground

Chapter 4: The fourth generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the fourth bhumi, the radiant ground

Chapter 5: The fifth generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the fifth bhumi, the ground difficult to conquer

Chapter 6: The sixth generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the sixth bhumi, the ground of advancing

Chapter 7: The seventh generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the seventh bhumi, the ground gone afar

Chapter 8: The eight generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the eighth bhumi, the immovable ground 

Chapter 9: The ninth generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the ninth bhumi, the ground of perfect intelligence 

Chapter 10: The tenth generation of bodhicitta, an explanation of the tenth bhumi, the ground Cloud of Dharma

Chapter 11a: The qualities of the ten bhumis
Chapter 11b: An explanation of the resultant ground of buddhahood 

 

Course material for download:

  • Outline of the teachings 
  • Bilingual edition of the Madhyamakavatara (Tib/Engl)