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Mulamadhyamikakarika – Wisdom – with Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul
From Monday, 5. April 2021
To Friday, 9. April 2021
Online via Zoom:
11:30am-1pm &
2-3:30pm Every Day
Indian Standard Time (GMT+5.5)
 
Arya Nagarjuna
Arya Nagarjuna

The Wisdom of Emptiness and its Long Term Healing Effects: Cultivating Through Study & Practice

Summary of Arya Nagarjuna’s Ultimate Textual Legacy Mulamadhyamikakarika

by Venerable Geshe Dorji Damdul

In cooperation with Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala

 

Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul will introduce us to Arya Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, introducing us to the intent and profundity of one of the most essential texts in  Buddhism. His lucid commentary from in-depth scholarship and experience will help us understand Arya Nāgārjuna’s discussion of the two truths, causality, dependent origination and the most subtle view of emptiness. The Fundamental Wisdom Of The Middle Way (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā) describes the Buddha's teaching of the "Middle Way" in detail, going through what are the actual 'two extremes' that we're attempt to find that Middle Way between; why this wisdom is important; why we need to cultivate this wisdom of the Middle Way. Then Geshe la will explain to us how do we can establish the correct Middle Way view and how can we go about developing that view.

This course is open to all.

Registration is required here through the Tushita website.

Geshe Dorji Damdul is the Director of Tibet House in New Delhi, eminent scholar and author, and one of the official translators for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Geshe la is widely renowned for his highly dynamic, engaging and inspiring teaching style – combining his deep understanding of Buddhist philosophy in the Nalanda tradition with the tender heart of Bodhicitta and a keen interest in modern science. This way Geshe la makes even the most profound and complex topics accessible to new and experienced students alike.

 

Course / retreat discipline

Students are most welcome to apply for individual or groups retreats here. To make the most of this special time, we would like to suggest the following:

  • It is good to settle all outside communication before you begin your retreat. Telling friends and family that you will be out of contact for the duration will significantly help to reduce distractions. Likewise, settling your travel arrangements, etc. before you come to Root Institute is highly advisable.

  • To maintain a healthy, calm, clear mind, observing silence will also bring you the mental space most conducive to retreat.

  • Practicing Dharma is a source of happiness, so rejoice in your efforts!

  • Thank you for thinking of Root Institute as your place for retreat. We will do our best to support you!

Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.

To maintain a conducive, spiritually harmonious atmosphere for inner reflection and meditation, we kindly ask all our students, guests and visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.

  • Respect others' property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.

  • Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.

  • Be celibate: no sexual activity; this also includes no romantic holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.

  • Be alert and mindful*: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, you can smoke outside the gates.

  • Be considerate of others' silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the meditation hall (gompa) and dormitories; no singing or playing music and, in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.

  • Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully; please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts, or tight and revealing clothing.

  • Couples: can stay in the same room for two weeks or less under the celibacy policy.

Please be aware:

  • * The Bihar state government has passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties! Please ensure that you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.

  • Also, please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden and, due to our commitment to following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and supporting his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.