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What we’re studying now

Not long ago we began studying the 3rd chapter of Mipham’s commentary on tshad ma rnam ‘grel aka pramanavartika. We study its four chapters over four years. Last year was awfully difficult. It was only through great effort, debate, and classroom discussion that we were able to figure out what Mipham and Dharmakirti were attempting to tell us. This year’s installment has been enjoyable so far because it is continuing to discuss those topics, namely the nature of generally characterized phenomena and the way they are perceived by the conceptual mind.
Meanwhile we are almost finished our reading of Paltrul’s General Commentary on the Perfection of Wisdom. In this case I fear the struggle and subsequent understanding of the text still lie ahead of me.

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