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by Geshe Jampa Galtsen
During the Tuesday “Advanced Class in Buddhist Philosophy”, Geshe Jampa Gyaltsen will continue his teaching of Prāsaṇgika Madhyamaka presenting Candrakīrti’s “Entering the Middle Way” (Madhyamakāvatāra) in conjunction with Je Tsong kha pa’s “Illuminating the Intent” (Dgongs pa rab gsal).
Candrakīrti’s Madhyamakāvatāra is the mainstay of the 4 years of study dedicated to the study of Madhyamaka in the great Tibetan monasteries and is studied in conjunction with:
1. Candrakīrti’s own commentary, the Madhyamakāvatāra-bhaṣya
2. Je Tsong kha pa’s great commentary on both texts, Dgongs pa rab gsal Dgongs pa rab gsal is Je Tsong kha pa’s final major work dedicated to the view and is, in more senses than one, his spiritual testament as it was composed in 1418, one year before his passing. It is a particular stroke of good fortune that Thupten Jinpa published his skilful translation of this great masterpiece in 2021.As resident translator at TBI since 2008, Ilia Dorovic said “there is no doubt in my mind that this is the pinnacle of the study program initiated many years ago at TBI. In particular, to have a fully-qualified Lharampa Geshe from Sera Je and former disciplinarian of Tehor Khangtsen, teach such a work is a unique privilege. It may very well no longer be possible to receive such a transmission again in the future. We therefore sincerely hope that all the students who have attended the Tuesday class throughout the last years will attend.”
The texts we will be relying upon will be:
1. Geshe Thupten Jinpa’s translation of the Madhyamakāvatāra which has already been sent to all the students attending this year’s class.
2. Je Tsong kha pa: “Illuminating the Intent. An Exposition of Candrakīrti’s “Entering the Middle Way”, transl. by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, The Library of Tibetan Classics, Wisdom Publications, 2021
- WEDNESDAY TEACHINGS
Guide to the Bodhisattvas Way of Life Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra
by Geshe Jampa Gyaltsen
When Geshe Jampa Gyaltsen was first invited to teach at TBI by our Teacher, the late Kyabje Khensur Kangyur Lama Jetsun Losang Thubten Rinpoche, he expressed the wish to teach Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra (“Engaging in the Behaviour of the Bodhisattvas”) which he had memorised when he was a young monk and which was very close to his heart. Khensur Rinpoche agreed but he suggested, however, that as a prelude he should teach the Lam Rim in detail, which he has done for almost 10 years.
The time has come, for Geshe-la to teach the totality of Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra which he will do during the Wednesday class dedicated to general Buddhist teachings.
The Bodhicaryāvatāra is the main text H.H. the Dalai Lama relies upon when teaching general audiences. This marvellous work describes the practice of Bodhisattvas from both the method and wisdom aspect of the path: each stanza provides both short-term solace and lasting spiritual sustenance.
It is not easy to receive a complete transmission and teachings on this great work by a Lharampa Geshe who has made it the center of his personal practice and we hope many Australian students will attend!
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