• (ATTENTION ON CAMPUS STUDENTS! PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO ENROLL HERE. GO BACK TO THE HOME PAGE AND ENROLL THROUGH THE ON CAMPUS SUPPORT PAGE FOR YOUR CLASS)This is the second part of a year-long seminar on Madhyamaka philosophy.The course is divided into two parts that will be taught on alternating weeks by the two professors.The first part (the classes taught by Yangsi Rinpoche) focuses on a detailed analysis of one of the major Mahåyåna philosophical treatises of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism, Kaydrup Je's A Dose of Emptiness (sTong thun chen mo).Kaydrup Je was one of the heart disciples of Je Tsongkhapa and his text, A Dose of Emptiness has long been considered a classic of Geluk exegesis.It covers a broad spectrum of philosophical topics critical to Geluk presentations of the nature of reality.In this class we will engage in a detailed analysis of a number of the most important topics as presented by Kaydrup Je.These will be supplemented, on occasion, by other related materials from the Geluk tradition. The second part of the course will examine a number of critical issues for Madhyamaka philosophers in both India and Tibet to help give a broader context and to historically situate our examination ofKaydrub Je's text.One of the primary ways Tibetans in general and Gelukpas (like Kaydrup Je) in particular have classified and engaged in understanding and exegesis on Madhyamaka philosophy is through the categories of "Svåtantrika" and "Pråsa?gika".To compliment the study of Kaydrups seminal text and to provide a broad perspective on critical Madhyamaka philosophical issues, we will investigate a number of the issues that come up in scholarly analysis of these, both traditional and contemporary.Here we will look at the Indian roots of this division, varying Tibetan interpretations of them, and contemporary scholarly analysis from within the academic study of Buddhist thought.
  • (ATTENTION ON CAMPUS STUDENTS! PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO ENROLL HERE. GO BACK TO THE HOME PAGE AND ENROLL THROUGH THE ON CAMPUS SUPPORT PAGE FOR YOUR CLASS) This course will examine a corpus of Buddhist teachings called lojong (mind training) from both a traditional Tibetan Buddhist and a Western psychological approach.