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Buddhist tenet systems: What is the person?

Buddhist tenet systems: What is the person?

Part of a series of talks on the key points of the four main Buddhist tenet systems.

  • The Buddha speaks of the three turnings
  • Looking at each school as a whole
  • Looking at the tenet systems as a ladder of philosophical maturation
  • The distinction between dependent origination and emptiness
  • How the schools identify the person in relation to aggregates

Geshe Dadul Namgyal

Geshe Dadul is a prominent scholar who earned a Geshe Lharampa degree in Buddhism and Philosophy from Drepung Monastic University in 1992. He also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Panjab University in Chandigarh, India. Author of several books on Buddhism, Geshe Dadul was also professor of Philosophy at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India for seven years. In addition, he has been the Spiritual Director of Losel Shedrup Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center, Knoxville, USA. Due to his facility in both Tibetan and English, he is interpreter and speaker for numerous conferences exploring the interface of Buddhism with modern science, Western philosophy, and psychology and other religious traditions on both a national and international level. Geshela’s language ability has also enabled him to serve as an auxiliary language translator for His Holiness and Dalai Lama throughout the world. As a published author and translator, Geshe Dadul’s credits include a Tibetan translation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Power of Compassion, a language manual, Learn English through Tibetan, and a critical work on Tsongkhapa’s Speech of Gold. Geshela lived and worked at Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, Georgia, where he prepared a six-year curriculum in Modern Science to be used in Tibetan monasteries and nunneries. Geshe Dadul is also on the Sravasti Abbey Advisory Board.