The views of the Middle Way Consequence School on the ultimate reality are held by all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. There are eight uncommon features that distinguish this school from all the other Buddhist philosophical schools that first emerged in India and whose writings have been vigorously debated in Tibet ever since. Focusing on them draws out the key points that the teachings on emptiness are compatible with conventional reality.

In The Middle Way Consequence School, the ultimate truth of emptiness, that nothing exists intrinsically from its own side, exists in perfect harmony with the conventional truth, that everything is dependently originated. This undermines the root of all suffering, the fundamental ignorance that grasps at an intrinsically existing self, while at the same time allowing for the infallible unfolding of cause and effect. By meditating on this Middle Way between nihilism and eternalism, practitioners overcome all forms of ego-grasping and open the door to enlightenment.

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Session 1: 107:22

Session 2: 131:53

Session 3: 134:04

Session 4: 108:34

Session 5: 147:45

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 Vasubhandu. 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.


Unique Tenets of the Middle Way Consequence School – Daniel Cozort 1998

According to Tibetan traditions, the Indian Buddhist Prasangika-Madhyamika school is the one that represents the final true thought of the Buddha. Unique Tenets of the Middle Way Consequence School presents and analyzes the issues that separate that school from the other principal schools of Buddhism—issues such as the existence (or non-existence) of an external world, the way in which karma and reincarnation operate, the nature of consciousness, the nature of time, and the status of Arhats (enlightened but not omniscient beings).

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