Madhyamakavatara: 8-Week Program
Theme, major questions and topics for discussion
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
The Week 1 transcript is available in the following languages:
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
The Week 2 transcript is available in the following languages:
(chapter 1 verse 1 to chapter 6 verse 7)
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
The Week 3 transcript is available in the following languages:
How should we understand the Buddha's teaching that all things come from mind?
Keywords: mind-only, consciousness, alaya, Cittamatra, Yogacara
The Week 4 transcript is available in the following languages:
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
The Week 5 transcript is available in the following languages:
Madhyamakavatara 6:179-6:226, Heart Sutra
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
The Week 8 transcript is available in 🇬🇧 English
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)
Last updated 11 September 2017