Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has said in a quote from the text that “Because of our strong habitual fixation on taking things to be really existent, we must first throw ourselves into the extremes of non existence, and thus find the Middle Way.”
This class explores the logic and reasoning of Madyamaka so that we can cut through our fixation and wrong views about the nature of phenomena. A few of the class topics include: Wisdom and the Middle Way, Prajna and the two realities, the Five Great Madyamaka reasonings, and the benefits and results of realizing emptiness.
Understanding Madyamaka is said to be crucial for grasping and realizing Vajrayana, Mahamudra and Dzogchen. It inoculates us from the tendency to cling to things as being really existent and all the suffering arises from that view. To free oneself from grasping can lead to being more relaxed and open in our daily lives.
Class will start on Nov. 17, 2020 and includes 10 class sessions. Due to upcoming holidays and the importance of this material, the class may take longer than 10 weeks.
When: Tuesday at 7-8:30 MT starting on the 17th. This is a Zoom only class.
Cost: $50 for members; $60 for non-members. The text is $17.00 plus shipping. Financial aid is available. Please contact Steve Burden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Texts may be purchased through the Nalandbodhi bookstore. https://www.nalandastore.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MAH%2D303 An eReader version is available. Contact Steve Burden for more information about this option.
The class will include an analytical meditation session and time for questions and discussion, often lively and interesting!
Please come and join us from wherever you are in this great world, time zone permitting!