Middle Way Series
© Tertön Sogyal Trust, from the private collection of Sogyal Rinpoche. Painted by Salga.
The following texts are available as part of our Middle Way (Madhyamika) series:
This section of Gateway to Learning (mKhas 'jug) explains the so-called "Four Great Logical Arguments of the Middle Way" (dbu ma'i gtan tshigs chen po bzhi), which are: 1) investigation of the cause: the Diamond Splinters; 2) investigation of the result: refuting existent or non-existent results; 3) investigation of the essential identity: ‘neither one nor many’; and 4) investigation of all: the Great Interdependence. This translation also includes some comments from Khenpo Nüden's celebrated commentary.
Composed in 1892 and appended to The Wheel of Analytical Meditation (dpyad sgom 'khor lo ma), this instruction continues that text's analysis, extending it to all phenomena. Its central message is that the nature of all things, i.e., appearance and emptiness, can only be fully understood through meditation.
In this teaching, translated from an audio recording, Khenchen Namdrol Tsering explains the background to Candrakīrti's classic work by discussing the texts of the 'collection (or corpus) of reasoning' (rigs tshogs) attributed to Nāgārjuna, the great philosopher and founder of the Madhyamaka tradition.
A prayer of aspiration to understand the nature of reality, just as it is explained in the Madhyamaka teachings, and then, having perfectly realized this view, to teach it to others, and in so doing, emulate great figures from the past like Nāgārjuna and Āryadeva.