Online: Middle-Length Lamrim with Ven. Sangye Khadro
December 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PST
Lama Tsongkhapa’s Middle Length Lamrim
with Ven. Sangye Khadro
5 pm Pacific Time
Lamrim (stages of the path) is a genre of texts and teachings that lays out the main points of the Buddha’s teachings in a step-by-step manner showing us how to transform ourselves from an ordinary, unawakened being into an awakened being, a buddha.
The great Indian master Atisa wrote the first lamrim text, A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, in the eleventh century and over the next millennium, other lamrim texts of varying lengths were composed by Tibetan masters such as Lama Tsongkhhapa and several of the Dalai Lamas.
In these Friday-night classes during November and December, we will begin to study The Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Tsongkhapa, which was recently translated into English and published by Wisdom.
Tsongkhapa composed this text towards the end of his life as an abbreviated version of his Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo), but it is believed to contain his final views on the important topic of emptiness.
Jeffrey Hopkins, who translated the Special Insight section of the Middle-Length Lamrim in his book, Tsong-Kha-pa’s Final Exposition of Wisdom, writes:
Here Tsong-kha-pa presents the topic of wisdom in a far more accessible manner than he did sixteen years earlier in his Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. In other sections of the Medium-Length Exposition he merely condenses the Great Treatise, but for the section on wisdom he structures a new composition … The most striking addition is the long section on the two truths… for which there is no corresponding section in the Great Treatise.
Those wishing to follow this class may wish to purchase the complete translation from Wisdom Publications, entitled The Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Tsongkhapa, translated by Philip Quarcoo. Wisdom Publications, 2021.
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More about the teacher
California-born, Ven. Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in Nepal in 1974, and took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. She has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. In addition to Awakening the Kind Heart, she is the author several books, including How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing.