Commentary by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
This series explicates one of the principal Indian classics of the Madhyamaka tradition,
Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakavatara (Entrance to the Middle Way), along with the Kagyü
commentary by the eighth Karmapa, The Chariot of the Dakpo Kagyüs. These transcripts
cover the Madhyamakavatara’s eleven chapters, which correlate with the ten bhumis
(grounds) and the ten paramitas (perfections), plus the ultimate bhumi of buddhahood.
The focus is particularly on the sixth chapter of the Madhyamakavatara, which
discusses prajna (transcendental knowledge) and its realization of emptiness. Main
topics include the selflessness of phenomena and the individual, and the impossibility
of finding a self anywhere with the range of phenomenal experience. Includes root text
by Chandrakirti and commentary by Mikyö Dorje, translated by Elizabeth M. Callahan.