Kurukulla Center

for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

The Eight Categories and Seventy Topics with Geshe Tenley
Posted May 04 2019 09:00:00am

Wednesday Evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

On Wednesday evenings Geshe Tenley will be teaching Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen's The Eight Categories and Seventy Topics (don bdun cu), a concise presentation of the eight categories and seventy topics discussed in Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realization (Sanskrit - Abhisamayalamkara, Tibetan - mNgon rtogs rgyan).

At Sera Je Monastery, The Seventy Topics is an essential prerequisite to the in-depth study of the Ornament of Clear Realization. To put this into perspective it is explained that the Prajnaparamita texts include both explicit teachings on the emptiness of inherent existence of phenomena, as well as hidden, or indirect, teachings on the path system that leads to the proper understanding and realization of emptiness.

The Ornament of Clear Realization "brings to the surface those hidden teachings" and explains the path system in its entirety. In turn, The Seventy Topics provides the basis for studying and correctly understanding the Ornament of Clear Realization.

There will be copies of the root text available for sale or you can download the electronic copy.

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Homework: You can find the homework for the class in this Google Doc. This is optional and not required to join the class.

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Reference Materials

Please refer to the following Google directory for all the reference documents associated with the class.


Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Inc. was founded in 1989 under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT. Under the guidance of resident teacher Geshe Ngawang Tenley, Kurukulla Center's mission is to provide a community of support for those who are studying and practicing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

This Week at Kurukulla Center

Sunday - Nov 17, 2019

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bodhicitta: The Perfection of Dharma with Dr. Nick Ribush

Monday - Nov 18, 2019

7:00 - 9:00 PM Buddhism in a Nutshell with Sean González

Tuesday - Nov 19, 2019

6:00am Lhabab Duchen: Eight Mahayana Precepts

7:00 - 8:45 PM Yoga & Meditation with Mimi Izzo

Wednesday - Nov 20, 2019

7:00 - 9:00 PM The Eight Categories and Seventy Topics with Geshe Tenley

Thursday - Nov 21, 2019

 Day of Remembrance: Geshe Tsulga-la

6:00 - 7:00 PM Community Conference Call

7:00 - 8:30 PM Remembering Geshe Tsulga with Guru Puja

Sunday - Nov 24, 2019

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lamrim Teaching - The Great Scope with Geshe Tenley

12:00 - 2:00 PM Volunteer Appreciation Brunch



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