In the Buddha Maitreya’s Differentiating the Middle from the Extremes, the “middle” is the Middle-way and the two extremes are nihilism and eternalism. The present Buddha, of course, is the Shakyamuni Buddha, and Maitreya will be the next, future Buddha. Maitreya is known for giving the world the Five Treatises of Maitreya. These teachings are particularly precious because they represent the third turning of the wheel of dharma (with the Four Noble Truths teachings being the first turning and Nagarjuna’s vast teachings on emptiness being the second turning). This text is particularly close to Thrangu Rinpoche because it expounds the Shentong view and Thrangu Rinpoche has long been a well-recognized master of this point of view. In these recordings Rinpoche comments upon this text in great detail and provides ample opportunity for questions and answers. Translated by David Karma Choephel.
Nine talks on one MP3.
- Mainly English Edition Because Thrangu Rinpoche often speaks for long periods of time in Tibetan when he teaches, his long monologues have been curtailed on CD and MP3 CD recordings (audio) to preserve the continuity of the teaching and make listening easier. Thus the voice heard for the majority of the time is that of the translator. DVD video recordings include all of Rinpoche’s Tibetan.
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