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8-Week Program - Outline

       Week

Theme, major questions and topics for discussion

Reference


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Week 1

7 June

Introduction to the view of the Middle Way

What is the view and why is it so important in Buddhism? How might we approach the study of the Middle Way?

Keywords: Buddhism, view, emptiness, Middle Way

[Audio / Video]

The Week 1 transcript is available in the following languages:

🇬🇧 English / 🇩🇪 Deutsch / 🇲🇽 🇪🇸 Español / 🇫🇷 Français / 🇧🇷 🇵🇹 Português / 🇷🇺 Русский /  🇨🇳 简体字  / 🇭🇰 🇹🇼 繁體字

Madhyamakavatara Introduction


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Week 2

14 June

Wisdom and Compassion

Why do we need to study and establish the view? Why can't we just do our practice? What does progress on the path look like?

Keywords: compassion, path, ignorance, defilements

[Audio / Video]

The Week 2 transcript is available in the following languages:

🇬🇧 English / 🇫🇷 Français / 🇷🇺 Русский

Madhyamakavatara 1:1-6:7

(chapter 1 verse 1 to chapter 6 verse 7)


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Week 3

21 June

Refuting wrong views: Introduction

What are wrong views and how might we refute them? Why are the two truths necessary (relative truth & ultimate truth)?

Keywords: reality, truth, ultimate, absolute, Sautrantika

[Audio / Video]

The Week 3 transcript is available in 🇬🇧 English

Madhyamakavatara 6:8-6:44


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Week 4

28 June

Refuting the Cittamatra/Yogacara (Mind-Only) school

How should we understand the Buddha's teaching that all things come from mind?

Keywords: mind-only, consciousnessalaya, Cittamatra, Yogacara

[Audio / Video]

The Week 4 transcript is available in 🇬🇧 English

Madhyamakavatara 6:45-6:119


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Week 5

5 July

Emptiness of Self

What does it mean that self is empty? How can we explain our experience? What is the difference between 'self' and 'person'?

Keywords: self, aggregates, person, experience, subjectivity

[Audio / Video]

The Week 5 transcript is available in 🇬🇧 English

Madhyamakavatara 6:120-6:178


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Week 6

12 July

Emptiness of emptiness: Nonduality

How is emptiness understood in the Mahayana? What is the emptiness of emptiness? How can we practice nonduality?

Keywords: emptiness, nondualityHeart Sutra

[Audio / Video]

The Week 6 transcript is available in 🇬🇧 English

Madhyamakavatara 6:179-6:226, Heart Sutra


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Week 7

19 July

Applying the view: Enlightenment & Meditation

How can we understand enlightenment as nondual? How should we apply the view in our meditation / practice?

Keywords: enlightenmentmeditation, mindfulness, practice

[Audio / Video]

The Week 7 transcript is available in 🇬🇧 English

Madhyamakavatara 7:1-11:56


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Week 8

26 July

Applying the view: Post-Meditation & Everyday Life

How might we apply the view in post-meditation and in our everyday life (e.g. in relationships, at work, etc.)

Keywords: Middle Way, post-meditation, action, ethics

[Audio / Video]

The Week 8 transcript is available in 🇬🇧 English [Transcript incomplete / will be completed in September]


Artwork: 10 Ox-Herding pictures depicting stages of the path to enlightenment, by Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902–99). This set of images first appeared in the 12th century, as drawn by the Chinese Chan (Zen) master Kuòān Shīyuǎn (廓庵師遠)

Page last updated 27 July 2017