Chandrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way | Geshe Tenzin Namdak

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About this series
Wednesday evenings at Jamyang are dedicated to courses in advanced philosophy. Join our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, as he helps us investigate the finer points of the philosophy of emptiness and the Buddhist understanding of the nature of reality from various perspectives, and through the works of the great Buddhist scholars of the past.

About this course
Over two years, we’ll embark on a profound voyage through a text of incomparable stature within the Buddhist cannon: Entering the Middle Way, by the revered master, Chandrakirti. We are often reminded by Geshe Namdak that His Holiness the Dalai Lama reads Chandrakirti every day, a clear testament to the indispensability of his work for all Buddhist practitioners training in the Nalanda tradition.

In Entering the Middle Way, Chandrakirti interprets and upholds Nagarjuna’s philosophical position as put forward in his root text on wisdom, while drawing upon the structure of the Ten Grounds Sutra to supplement this analysis of the nature of reality with an exposition of the bodhisattva grounds, or the stages of realisation a practitioner must traverse on the way to enlightenment. Chandrakirti, therefore, ‘enters’ Nagarjuna’s text by way of the profound view, as well as the vast activities of the bodhisattva. The comprehensive treatment of both method and wisdom, as well as Chandrakirti’s formidable scholarship, are just a couple of the reasons why Entering the Middle Way has endured as one of the most prized treasures of the Nalanda tradition.

Geshe Namdak will open the door to this text and reveal its many riches to us over the span of two years. It goes without saying that this is a very special and rare opportunity, which we are delighted to share with you. Please join us on what we anticipate will be an incredibly meaningful journey.

About Geshe Tenzin Namdak
After completing his university studies in Hydrology, Geshe Namdak worked as an environmental researcher in the Netherlands. He began studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute and was eventually ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before completing the 20-year Geshe degree at Sera Jey monastic university in India, as well as the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College. He is now Resident Teacher of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre.

Wednesdays | 18:30 – 20:00

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