Part of a series of teachings given March 19-21, 2011, at a retreat on the Varieties of Madhyamaka at Sravasti Abbey.

  • Reason for Tsongkhapa’s use of qualifiers in explaining how things exist
  • Passages from the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra by Maitreya
  • Life of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen and how he came to form the Jonang lineage and the Shentong Madhyamaka philosophy
    • Why his view is considered incorrect
  • The view known as “Other Emptiness” originated with Jonang
    • Interpreted differently by other Tibetan traditions
  • Jonangpa was wildly popular in Tibet when Tsongkhapa came along
  • Criticism of the Jonang position an essential element of Tsongkhapa’s life’s work

Varieties of Madhyamaka 04 (download)

Dr. Guy Newland

Guy Newland, a student of Jeffrey Hopkins, is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism who has been a professor at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan since 1988. He served as Chairperson of Central Michigan University's Department of Philosophy and Religion during the periods 2000-2003 and 2006-2009. He was elected to the Mount Pleasant Board of Education in July 2003 and served until December 2007, including six months as President of the Board and one year as Secretary.