In the pristine, high desert of Arizona, Geshe Michael Roach will lead us through a 10-day retreat exploration of Arya Nagarjuna’s Wisdom. We will investigate the deeper meanings of his writings, and how to apply his understanding of reality to our daily lives.
In this program, we will dive deeply into new practices as well as offer new ways of learning and engaging with this wisdom in our daily lives.
As far as our original sources for this program, we will of course be using the most famous of all works by Arya Nagarjuna (c. 200AD)—which he named simply, Wisdom.
This is considered the mother of all explanations of the crucial idea of emptiness. We will be depending heavily upon A Ship for Crossing the Ocean of Emptiness, a detailed commentary to the work by Choney Lama Drakpa Shedrup (1675-1748).
At times we will also check into his Commentary on the Difficult Points in “Wisdom,” and on occasion we will venture into the deep forest of Je Tsongkapa’s extensive explanation, The Ocean of Emptiness—which as we can tell from the title alone forms the foundation for Choney Lama’s work. We will also be referring to the original Sanskrit version of Wisdom, which is fortunately still available.
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Class One: Getting to Know Arya Nagarjuna
We learn about Arya Nagarjuna’s amazing life, and delve into the meaning of the title of his most famous work, including its original Sanskrit.
We tackle the first and most famous verse of all Nagarjuna’s works—inside his revolutionary examination of whether something can cause something else. Here he denies for example that things could ever start or stop. We also get a detailed introduction to the life of our incredible commentator, Choney Lama Drakpa Shedrup.
We wrap up some items on the first of the 27 chapters of Arya Nagarjuna’s classic; and then move on to an examination of whether anything or anyone could come, or go, in the way we always thought they did.
Arya Nagarjuna’s “Wisdom,” verses 11-12 of “The Chapter on Factors” (Ch. 1), and verses 1-4 of “The Chapter on Coming & Going” (Ch. 2)