June 17th – August 9th 2013 (8 weeks)

Nāgārjuna’s Dharmadhātustava "In Praise of Dharmadhātu"

Khenpo Ngawang Woser

Buddhist Philosophy Course:


Nāgārjuna’s Dharmadhātustava


In Praise of Dharmadhātu


June 17th – August 9th 2013 (8 weeks)





The great Indian master Nāgārjuna (c. 150-250 CE) famously elucidated on the Buddha’s three turnings of the wheel of dharma through his writings known as the Three Collections: the Collection of Speeches, the Collection of Reasoning, and the Collection of Praises.


The final collection clarifies the third turning of the wheel of dharma on the meaning of tathāgatagarbha, buddhanature. Dharmadhātustava balances the approaches found in both the second and the third turning of the wheel of dharma by blending the profound approach of emptiness with the vast approach of the qualities and activities of enlightenment. This treatise explains how the luminous nature of the mind, dharmadhātu, abides in all sentient beings although obscured by the adventitious stains and how the qualities of enlightenment become manifest upon awakening for the benefit of oneself and all other sentient beings.


This course is aimed to compliment the Intermediate Tibetan Language Course (8 weeks) and the root text will be provided in both Tibetan and English. Non-Tibetan language students are also welcome to join this course.



Teacher:                                  Khenpo Ngawang Woser


Text:                                        Nāgārjuna’s Dharmadhātustava ཆོས་ཀྱི་དབྱིངས་སུ་བསྟོད་པ།


Recommended Reading:          In Praise of Dharmadhātu by Nāgārjuna commentary by                                                     the III Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, Translated by Karl                                                      Brunnhölzl     


Schedule:                                 Monday – Friday       2:30 pm – 3:30 pm