Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way
Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe
Third-century Mahayana Buddhist Master Aryadeva composed Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way, a fundamental work on Mahayana Buddhist philosophy that illuminates how to rely on positive actions, overcome disturbing emotions and understand the nature of ultimate reality.
Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe will present these teachings based on the commentary by Gyeltsap, one of Je Tsongkhapa’s two most influential disciples. The commentary is arguably the most complete and important of the Tibetan commentaries on the Four Hundred Stanzas.
Offered onsite in Ann Arbor and online via webinar, course registrants can also participate onsite at various Jewel Heart Chapters and Study Groups. Check local Jewel Heart groups for participating chapters and study groups.
Course registrants and sponsors have access to a dedicated webpage that will host the webinar registration link. Recordings of the 2018 sessions will be posted after each teaching. Access to Geshe Rinpoche’s 2017 teachings on Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas will also be available to registrants.
Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe is a genuine contemplative master and a member of the last generation extensively trained in old Tibet. He received his monastic education at Drepung Loseling Monastery and, in 1969, was awarded the Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree of scholarship conferred within the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, the only Tibetan university in India. His scholarly work includes a translation of The Essence of Good Explanation of Definitive and Interpretable Meanings (Tib. Lek-Shey Nying-Po) by Tsongkhapa into Hindi, and A Commentary on the Rice Seedlings Sutra (Skt. Salistamba Sutra) by Kamalashila. He has facilitated numerous other research works, including the complete translation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Tib. Lam Rim Chen Mo), a major project undertaken by The Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey, where he teaches regularly. Jewel Heart has had the honor of hosting Professor Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe for many years. He has given teachings on diverse topics and texts, including the first eight chapters of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.
Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 23
Dates in Detail:
Friday, September 7, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, September 8, 10:30am – 12:30pm, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 9, 2:00– 5:00pm
Monday – Wednesday, September 10 – 12, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Friday, September 14, 7:00 – 9pm
Saturday, September 15, 10:30am – 12:30pm, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 16, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Monday – Wednesday, September 17 – 19, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Friday, September 21, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, September 22, 10:30am – 12:30pm, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 23, 2:00– 5:000pm
A Great Master Scholar
“It was so wonderful that Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe came to Jewel Heart and gave a fantastic teaching for the weekend in Ann Arbor recently and that he is also giving a weekend teaching in New York coming up soon.
“Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe substituted for me for my Sunday broadcast, which I attended. During the talk, I noticed that all these quotations kept falling out of Geshe-la’s mouth, like a shower of rain. In every sentence he stated, there was a quotation to prove his point – not only from the early Tibetan masters, but also from the early Indian Mahapandits. It really shows what a great master scholar he is.”
Gelek Rimpoche, Friday, October 5th, 2012