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Geshe Yeshi Lhundup teaches Tsongkhapa’s Illumination of the Thought

October 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

Monk teaching

Geshe Yeshi Lhundup continues teachings on

Illumination of the Thought

Je Tsongkhapa’s commentary on Chandrakirti’s Supplement to the Middle Way

October 3-November 11 –  Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Join us in person or online as we welcome Geshe Yeshi Lhundup for an extended visit to continue his teaching on Je Tsongkhapa’s Illumination of the Thought, a commentary on Chandrakirti’s Supplement to the Middle Way.

Geshela’s long visit offers a chance to live, train, and offer service with the Sravasti Abbey community. We’ll receive these teachings three times a week, along with other regularly scheduled teachings. 

The teachings will also be streamed live. However, class reviews will be held in person only.

Chandrakirti’s Supplement to the Middle Way is prized in Tibetan Buddhism as a supreme explanation of the Middle Way philosophy, considered the highest—that is, the most subtle—understanding of Buddha’s teachings. Written in the 7th Century, it is an introduction to the Middle Way teachings of Nagarjuna, who illuminated the Prajnaparamita Sutras and promoted the Buddha’s teachings on the bodhisattva path to Buddhahood. Je Tsongkhapa’s commentary is prized in the Gelugpa tradition for its brilliant clarification of key points in the Prasangika view.

This course is a rare opportunity for students of Buddhist philosophy and lovers of the teachings on the Middle Way. It’s a chance to study an important text in depth with a resident geshe and experience monastic community. This teaching is suitable for students who have a grounding in the stages of the path and Buddhist philosophy. It is not for beginners.

All Abbey Dharma courses are offered freely, and we welcome your contributions. You can make offerings any time here.

Course Materials

Prepare for the course by watching Geshe-la’s initial teachings on this text in 2019, 2020, 2021. The teachings can be found here.

Download PDF of recitations before and after teaching.

We will also chant the Homage to Manjushri before teachings.


Geshe la will teach 9-10:30 am on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday October 3 – November 11.

Attend In Person

In person guests will receive the teaching, reviews and discussions, and live, work, and practice with the monastic community. Guests are welcome for any length of time during the teaching series.

You must register to visit.

All programs are offered freely at the Abbey, and making an offering for the benefit of others generates much merit. Read about our Economy of Generosity.

Attend Online

Teachings will be streamed on YouTube Live.

Geshe Yeshi Lhundup

Geshe Yeshi Lhundup is a senior Dharma teacher at Drepung Loseling Monastery, where he has taught for over 20 years.  He has also frequently taught at  Dharma centers in the U.S. Geshe Yeshi teaches in English.

Geshe Yeshi began his studies Drepung Loseling in 1975 and obtained his Geshe Lharampa degree in 1996. Beginning in 1998, he studied at Gyuto Tantric Monastery for seven years, ranking the highest position in his class in 2005. He later served for a year as the chief disciplinarian of Gyuto Tantric Monastery. Geshe Yeshi has studied with many great masters of the 20th Century, especially with the great scholar  Khensur Yeshi Thupten and Gen Nyima Gyaltsen. He is also the nephew of one of the Abbey’s other cherished teachers, Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe.