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6:00pm Adorning Maitreya’s Intent (Zoom)
April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
Course with Gen Pema Sherpa
Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays, April 19—June 21
Time: 6:00 pm, PDT
This two month course will be taught via Zoom. Links will be provided to students after registration.
Registration is required – please register here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5769660
Differentiation of the Middle Way and the Extreme (Skt. Madhyāntavibhāga) is believed to be written in the 4th century and is one of the Five Dharma Treatises of Maitreya. The text is considerably significant in terms of presenting, comprehensively, a compact path to liberation according to the Mind Only (Skt.Yogācāra) view. In my opinion, it is the summary of The Ornament of the Māhāyānasūtrā (Skt. MahāyānaSūtrālamkāra) in a way, but it provides deeper analyses to clarify the philosophical claims and practices, namely, affliction, two truths, meditation, thirty-seven factors of enlightenment etc. In this course, we are going to discuss the principle and the practice of Mahayana path to liberation in accordance with the Mind Only School. By the end of the course, participants will have a better understanding of what is the path of liberation, what is its obstacle and how the liberation and ultimate reality is understood in Yogacara context.
Gen Pema Sherpa became a monk in 1992, and studied general education and ritual at Dirru Monastery in Bir, India until 2004. He enrolled in Dzongzsar Institute in 2004 and finished his Loppon degree in 2012, then continued on to teach at Dzongsar Institute for 3 years After registering for the “English for Buddhist Scholar Program” in 2016, he studied in Thailand, Bangalore, and Chennai, and has taught in Brazil and Germany.