Abstract: Candrakīrti, an Indian scholar-monk who flourished in the 5th century CE, wrote the “Introduction to the Middle Way” (Madhyamakāvatāra), one of the most popular commentaries on Nagarjuna’s foundational Madhyamaka text and included among the “thirteen great texts” which form the core of the curriculum in Buddhist monastic education. The text states that Candrakīrti was able to “milk a painted cow” in a display of wisdom and compassion that cut through ordinary beings’ mistaken understanding of how things like “cows” exist.
Khenpo Chöying Dorjee will explain the Buddhist view of emptiness based on this classic text showing how it is possible to milk a painted cow; in particular, he addresses how wisdom and compassion can be integrated and the pitfalls mistaken views that keep us trapped in suffering and confusion.
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Co-sponsored by UBC’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society (何鴻毅家族基金佛學與當代社會課程) and Himalaya Program (https://himalaya.arts.ubc.ca).