Nagarjuna said that the entire teachings of the Buddha must be understood within the framework of the two truths - conventional truth and ultimate truths. Explanations of the distinction between the two truths are found in the assertions of each of the four tenet systems that are recognised by the Gelugpa order of Tibetan Buddhism as authentic formulations of the Buddha's teaching. The four systems that will be studied are:

1. the Great Exposition school (vaibhasika)

2. the Sutra school (sautrantika)

3. the Mind Only school (cittamatra)

4. the Middle Way school (madhyamika)


The text that has been recommended is

'Cutting Through Appearances'

by Geshe Sopa and Jeffrey Hopkins.

We recommend for self-study to work through each block progressively. You are able to study at your own pace using the transcripts, discussion points and exams.

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