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Khenpo Choying Dorjee - July 2016 Singapore Program





How to milk a painted cow?

Buddhist Teachings on Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakavatara: Introduction to the Middle Way

23-24, 30-31 July 2016 (Saturdays & Sundays)


The catchy topic “How to milk a painted cow” is the story told of Chandrakirti, a famed Mahayana master who once fed the monks of his monastery in a time of famine by milking the painting of a cow.  If we were to believe that the story was true, then how was that possible? Did Chandrakirti master the power of alchemy? Or was it that he has mastered the power of mind – the realization of sunyata (emptiness)?


The Madhyamakavatara, considered to be a masterpiece on the Madhyamika “Middle Way” philosophy, is a treatise on the two types of selflessness composed by one of the most well-known Indian Buddhist panditas, Chandrakirti. Chandrakirti’s work is a commentary on the Mula-Madhyamaka treatise of Nagarjuna. The Mula-Madhyamaka treatise is itself a systemization of the Prajnaparamita or “Perfection of Wisdom” literature – the sutras on the crucial but elusive concept of emptiness. The Madhyamakavatara of Chandkirti expresses both the profound aspect of Nagarjuna’s Mula-Madhyamaka, namely emptiness, as well as the vast aspect – the paths and bhumis of the bodhisattva. The Madhyamakavatara has eleven chapters, each addressing one of the ten ‘perfections’ (Sanskrit: paramita) fulfilled by the Bodhisattvas as they traverse the ten ‘stages’ (Sanskrit: bhumi) to Buddhahood, the subject of the 11th chapter.

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So who is Khenpo Choying Dorjee, you might ask…

Khenpo Choying Dorjee is Head Principal and Abbot of Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute (DKCLI) in India, and Committee member for Khyentse Foundation India Program. Khenpo studied in DKCLI and was trained in the Buddhist philosophy, psychology, logic and debate. He also received extensive lineage transmissions from great masters such as Khen Rinpoche Kunga Wangchuk and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. He received his Khenpo title, which is equivalent to a PhD in Buddhism from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004. Khenpo is known as an approachable and interactive teacher with contemporary outlook of the world. Besides his traditional training he also participated in and co-organized several leadership training retreats at DKCLI together with trainers from the McKinsey's.