Nagarjuna’s Root of the Middle Way – A course by Dr. Thomas Doctor

Impermanence and the suffering associated with negative emotions are generally acknowledged in the world, and by the world’s religions. It is another matter with the nature of emptiness and the absence of self. And yet, this is how things really are: empty and without self.

When hearing this, it is easy to draw a mistaken nihilist conclusion—and so completely miss the profound point. As the saying goes, «It is easy to prove emptiness through reasoning, but profound causation is hard to fathom.»

In his Root of the Middle Way, noble Nagarjuna presents an engaging path of active learning and reflection that points out the profound truths of emptiness and dependent origination, beyond any shadow of doubt. In this way, the Root of the Middle Way, forms a gateway to meditation and, thereby, direct experience and liberating insight.

I strongly encourage everyone with an interest in the way things really are to study Nagarjuna’s brilliantly sharp reasoning in the course taught by Dr. Thomas Doctor at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute over the next two months. Thomas has studied these matters with qualified teachers for more than 30 years and is an experienced translator, I hope all of you will sincerely benefit from this wonderful opportunity to study this profound text!

-Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche



If you would like to join the teachings live via RYI’s online platform, please register here:

You will receive an email with further instructions of how to join, a short while later.
Registration ends by Wednesday, February 8th.
If you have any further questions about this event, please contact:

Teacher: Prof. Thomas Doctor
Topic: Root of the Middle Way – Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
Dates: Feb 6 – Mar 24, 2023 (Feb 20 – 26 no classes)
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 10:15am – 11:15am  Nepal time (date converter)

Thomas will teach in English, recordings will be made available daily by RYI for registered students for the time of the course.

After the teaching series has ended, freely accessible recordings in English, as well as in many more languages will be made available by RYI and also on
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