(1 credit) This course is intended for those students who have already completed a year of lamrim study and practice (PHL301, MDT301, PHL302, MDT302) and wish to complement their continuing study of lamrim, Madhyamaka, and Mahayana paths with a course that explores emptiness meditation.

Class will combine both philosophic and meditative approaches to the subject. Yangsi Rinpoche will explain how to use Madhyamaka reasoning to experience the way in which all things exist as dependently related, through a combination of discussion of philosophic and practice texts and guided meditation practices. The course texts may include the “Wisdom” chapter of Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara, and commentaries on the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra.

Students can expect to read text in preparation for classes, engage in online and class discussion on philosophic points, integrate class meditation instruction into one’s daily seated meditation practice, submit meditation journal reports, and meet at least once privately with the instructor regarding their practice.