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The teaching of the Buddha has two aspects:
The elements of scripture and realization.
These are maintained only through teaching
And through practice.
The following texts are available as part of our Pedagogy series on the theory and method of Dharma discourse:
Notes on the general preliminary points to be made before commenting upon any of the major Indian treatises, such as what is meant by “In the language of India...” and the four rubrics of subject matter, immediate purpose, connection and ultimate purpose.
- Preliminary Points to be Explained When Teaching the Buddha's Word or the Treatises by Patrul Rinpoche
This brief work on pedagogical theory outlines the qualities and approaches of three different types of teacher (a fully enlightened buddha, arhat and learned paṇḍita), before discussing the science of listening and explaining the purpose of titles.
Having identified the Abhisamayālaṃkāra as one of the five treatises of Maitreyanātha, Khenpo Shenga explains the features of each of the five texts in this collection, before focusing on the Ornament of Realization itself, which he discusses under five rubrics: its author, sources, category, theme, and purpose.
This introduction to the teaching of Candrakīrti's Madhyamakāvatāra explains how the text provides an introduction (avatāra) to the most important Middle Way treatise, namely the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā of Nāgārjuna.
Secret Vajra Knot
This brief guide to explaining Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje's famous aspiration prayer, known as 'The Secret Vajra Knot' (rdo rje rgya mdud), provides a topical outline of its contents, and, in so doing, reveals the vastness of its vision.