Sunday, September 13, 2015

PRAMANA Course - TERM 3 - FALL 2015 resources

In accordance with the suggestion of H.H. Dalai Lama to our teacher, Geshe Kelsang Wangmo, in May 2014, the Advanced Buddhist Philosophy in English program of the Institute for Buddhist Dialectical studies is offering a course on the Second Chapter of Dharmakirti's Commentary on [Dignaga's] Compendium of Valid Cognition (Skt. Pramāņavarttika; ཚད་མ་རྣམ་འགྲེལ་).

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.

Class Materials

Following His Holiness' advice, Geshe Wangmo is translating the Second Chapter of Dharmakirti's Pramāņavarttika.  In accord with the methodology for teaching this ancient text at IBD and the great Tibetan monastic universities, Dharmatkirti's terse verses are embedded into Geshe Wangmo's translation of Gyaltsab (Darma Rinchen) Je's commentary.  Furthermore, Geshe Wangmo, having received oral teachings on this text by several contemporary masters, has translated selected portions of those and inserted these explanations into the text she has prepared for this course.

The text for this Fall term has been completed -- although, per usual, revisions may be made to the text as the term progresses.  Furthermore, the text used during the Spring term has been somewhat amended/corrected:  A Summary of the last section of the Spring 2015 text [Ascertaining that the Instances [satisfy] the Definition} & its Study Questions have been added.

The text for this Fall 2015 term begins with a section entitled, The Attributes, on page 66.




Class PRAYERS (for before and after teaching) - typos in Tibetan have been corrected. [NOTE:  If you view this PDF in your WEB BROWSER, the Tibetan Fonts may not show up properly.  Download the PDF and open it, and those embedded fonts display properly.]

If you are interested in the meaning of the prayers, etc., please check out Spring 2015 Term Resources page for audio clips.


Anonymous said...


I really appreciate that many of these teachings have been made available online. Are there any plans to also upload recordings for the Fall 2015 term for this course, just like it was the case for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 terms?

Thanks a lot and all the best wishes!

Nordron said...

Dear Christian,

The recordings and descriptions of the classes will be uploaded - much of the work required has been done. However, there have also been many "obstacles" to completing that project. Now that the Fall 2016 term has begun, for the sake of those attending, I am going to post those first.

Elizabeth Sem said...

I, too, am deriving great benefit from Geshe Kelsang Wangmo's audio teachings. Did FALL 2015 get uploaded and I'm just missing it?