8 – 9 November 2019 | Fri, 10am – Sat, 4pm
This advanced module takes an in-depth look at the essential chapters of Nagarjuna’s “Root Verses of the Middle Way” (Skt. mulamadhyamakakarika). This year we will continue with the 2018 course and also take a closer look at the following chapters: Chapter 9 “Analysis of the Previous Entity” and Chapter 10 “Fire and Fuel”.
This treatise is considered by many scholars as perhaps the most important and revolutionary work ever written on Buddhist philosophy. Within, we will focus on Nagarjuna’s central claim of “emptiness”—that people and phenomena lack an essential nature—and how this fits within the Buddhist ethical and soteriological system. How is it that Buddhist practitioners can overcome ignorance and suffering by realizing emptiness?
We have designed this course for those who have the background knowledge given in the BPR course in Buddhist Philosophy & Religion or similar knowledge on the topic of emptiness.
However, all are welcome! If you’d like to attend these teachings, but feel you could use some extra study to brush up on your knowledge on basic Buddhism, we recommend the following books:
- Introduction to Emptiness, by Guy Newland
- Harmony of Emptiness and Dependent-Arising, by Ven. Lobsang Gyatso
Teacher: Ven. Lama Geshe Tenzin, Buddhist scholar and director of Tibet Center Austria
Language: Tibetan/English with German translation
Course venue: Tibet Center Austria, located in the peaceful, scenic mountain village of Knappenberg, Austria – directions »