A month ago, I finished writing my sixth year exams. I wrote two exams on Abhisamayalankarakarika by Maitreya, one on Haribhadra’s commentary and the other on Paltrul Rinpoche’s commentary. I also wrote an exam on the third chapter of Dharmakirti’s Pramanavartika, with Mipham’s commentary, one on the last two chapters of Dudjom’s history, and one on Dharmadharmatavibhakarika by Maitreya, with Mipham’s commentary.
If I had to pick a favorite subject for this year it would be Dharmadharmatavibhagakarika also known as chos dang chos nyid rnam ‘byed. It focuses on the nature of samsara and nirvana as awareness. It is available in English as Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being. This translation is pretty good, but there are a few things I would change (spelling mistakes in the Tibetan on facing pages, for example).
This year (unless I happened to have failed my exams) I’ll be starting seventh year, the first of three years focusing on tantra. Last year I took special care to get the transmissions and permissions necessary to read Luminous Essence, Dharmachakra‘s English translation of Miphams spyi don ‘do gsal snying po. I’m also listening to Khenchen Namdrol’s lectures on mp3.
Hmm… all this makes me sound quite studious. Friends, that is simply not the case. I’m home in Canada at the moment. Dharma study and practice are indeed a part of each day. The rest of the time I’ve been enjoying the amazing foods of home, playing MarioKart Wii, connecting with old friends and making new ones, and watching House MD.