The multi-year Perfection of Wisdom course (based on Maitreya's Ornament for Clear Realizations (Abhisamayalamkara) that began several years ago is on temporary hiatus and will resume upon completion of this course.
Following His Holiness' advice, Geshe Wangmo is translating the Second Chapter of Dharmakirti's Pramāņavarttika and other commentarial materials that are used in Tibetan Monastic institutions to present this very important text and its deep meaning to students.
The Text [Handout for the Fall 2014 Term] prepared by Geshe Wangmo for the first term of the Pramana Course includes:
- An INTRODUCTION to the Pramana course.
- Gyaltsab Je's Elucidation of the Path to Liberation, a Detailed Explanation of the Verses of the Pramāņavarttika [tshad ma rnam 'grel gyi tshig le'ur byes pa rnam bshad thar lam gsal byed - ཚད་མ་རྣམ་འགྲེལ་གྱི་ཚིག་ལེའུར་བྱེས་པ་རྣམ་བཤད་ཐར་ལམ་གསལ་བྱེད།], commonly known as, Elucidation of the Path to Liberation [ཐར་ལམ་གསལ་བྱེད་].
- The verses of the Pramāņavarttika are embedded into Gyaltsab Je's commentary. They are distinguished in the course text by different formatting and fonts - see, Technical Note on page 11 of the Fall 2014 Text.
- Geshe Wangmo has translated relevant recordings and notes of oral teachings by prominent contemporary Geluk scholars and inserted those into the text to provide explanation of difficult points. Some of those masters are: Geshe Yeshe Thabgyal, Geshe Palden Drakpa, Geshe Wangchen, Geshe Gyatso, Geshe Tsering Norbu.
As an aid for students, Study Questions regarding most important important points raised in the text are included therein.
Because of extensive materials that required translation, etc., and prior commitments, the Fall 2014 Term will be limited to the Month of October. The next term will be for two months in the Spring of 2015.
TEXT for FALL 2014 TERM.
3 PDFs of CHARTS, ILLUSTRATION & DIAGRAMS: CHARTS 1-12. CHARTS 13-15. CHARTS 16-28.
TEXT for each Class appears in body of transcript when Geshe-la reads it out loud and, otherwise, in footnotes.
DRAFT Transcript of Class 1 (Oct. 1, 2014).
DRAFT Transcript of Class 2 (Oct. 3, 2014).
See, CLASS ONE Blog Post for information about this class and links to the MP3 tracks.
See, CLASS TWO Blog Post for outline of this Class & links to MP3 tracks.
Download a single track for Classes 3-11 below. These are rather large files, so please give your feedback regarding any difficulties you may encounter in downloading them. Once Blog Posts are created for a class, the single track will be replaced with edited tracks.
CLASS THREE - Friday, October 10
CLASS FOUR - Monday, October 13
CLASS FIVE - Wednesday, October 15
CLASS SIX - Friday, October 17
CLASS SEVEN - Monday, October 20
CLASS EIGHT - Wednesday, October 22
CLASS NINE - Friday, October 24
CLASS TEN - Monday, October 27
CLASS ELEVEN - Monday, October 29