The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras

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The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras


The treatise titled "The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras" is attributed to Maitreya and holds a significant place among the "Thirteen great texts", which constitute the fundamental curriculum in Tibetan Buddhist monastic colleges.

Online teaching from 3rd July 2023 every Monday and Thursday

6.30 a.m. - 8.00 a.m. CET

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Teacher: Geshe Lharampa Nyima Gyaltsen

Language: Tibetan
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The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras

"The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras" (Skt. Māhayānasūtrālaṃkāra; Tib. ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་མདོ་སྡེ་རྒྱན་) is a major work of Buddhist philosophy attributed to the bodhisattva Maitreya and transmitted by him to the bodhisattva Asanga. It presents the Mahayana path from the Yogacara perspective. It is written in verse and it comprises twenty-two chapters with a total of 800 verses.

Geshe Lharampa Nyima Gyaltsen

Geshe Lharampa Nyima Gyaltsen is a highly respected scholar of Buddhist philosophy and a distinguished graduate of the Sera Je monastery in South India. He has dedicated over two decades to studying and practicing Buddhism, earning the highest academic degree in the Gelug tradition and achieving the Rigchen Tsonglawa title for being the top graduate of his class.


Study of Five Treatises of Maitreya


Under the guidance of Geshe Lharampa Nyima Gyaltsen, we're studying all five philosophical works attributed to the bodhisattva Maitreya. These texts were transmitted to the bodhisattva Asanga and transcribed as the Five Treatises of Maitreya, which constitute the core curriculum in Tibetan Buddhist monastic colleges, also known as shedras.

After "Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes" (Skt. Madhyāntavibhāga; Tib. དབུས་མཐའ་རྣམ་འབྱེད་) and "Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Nature" (Skt. Dharma-dharmatā-vibhāga; Tib. ཆོས་དང་ཆོས་ཉིད་རྣམ་པར་འབྱེད་པ), we will now study "The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras" (Skt. Māhayānasūtrālaṃkāra; Tib. ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་མདོ་སྡེ་རྒྱན་), subsequently "The Sublime Continuum" (Skt. Uttaratantra Śāstra; Tib. རྒྱུད་བླ་མ་), and finally "The Ornament of Clear Realization" (Skt. Abhisamayālaṃkāra; Tib. མངོན་རྟོགས་པའི་རྒྱན་).

It is worth noting that these teachings will be delivered in the Tibetan language.