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Weekend Intensive Retreat – In Praise of Dependent Arising by Tsongkhapa.

May 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016
9.00am to 5.00pm
412 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Geshe Thupten Tsultin - Translation by Palden Oshoe
For Registration call – 607-229-9641 or email- office@namgyal.org

Weekend Intensive Retreat with Geshe Thupten Tsultin – Translator – Palden Oshoe


    May 20th – Friday Talk Free and Open to Public: 7:00 – 8:30PM.  All are Welcome.



One of Tsongkhapa’s greatest insights was his understanding of voidness (emptiness) to mean dependent arising and dependent arising to mean voidness. Voidness is the total absence of impossible ways of establishing or proving the existence of something. Specifically, in the context of the Prasangika Madhyamaka tenet system, voidness is the total absence of the existence of something being established by virtue of anything on its own side. The existence of something can only be established by virtue of dependent arising.   In other words, from a superficial point of view, nonstatic (impermanent) phenomena arise dependently on causes and conditions, and they produce effects. These two facts establish or prove that such phenomena exist. From the deepest point of view, the only thing that establishes that anything – either static or nonstatic – exists is that it is merely what the words and concepts for it refer to. Nothing can be found on the side of anything that establishes or proves that it exists.

The fact that everything is dependent in this way eliminates the “eternalist” extreme. This is the extreme that, in terms of the deepest truth about anything, the existence of something can be established independently, from its own side, by its own power. The fact that everything nevertheless arises eliminates the “nihilist” extreme. This is the extreme that, in terms of the superficial conventional truth about anything, nothing exists or functions at all.  Thus, by teaching dependent arising, the “King of Reasonings,” Buddha eliminated the two extreme wrong views concerning voidness and established the two truths about everything. Buddha even summed up the Four Noble Truths by his teaching of dependent arising. Samsara and its suffering (the first noble truth) arise dependently on unawareness (ignorance) of voidness (the second noble truth), as elaborated with the “twelve links of dependent arising.” The attainment of a true stopping of samsara (the third noble truth) arises dependently on understanding voidness (the fourth noble truth).

In his eulogy “In Praise of Dependent Arising,” Tsongkhapa gives poetical expression to his enormous appreciation of Buddha’s kindness in teaching dependent arising, which has all these outstanding features.


Geshe Thupten Tsultin is a Teacher, Scholar, Writer was born in Ladakh, Geshe Thupten Tsultin was ordained at a local monastery called Bhu Gon Shedup Cho khor ling as a novice monk at the age of 13. Along with these, he studied the great Treatises of Buddhist Philosophy and Tantra. Later, in the year June 4, 1986 he was admitted to the great Drepung Loseling Monastic University where he studied under its many resident spiritual masters. After studying the great Treatises of Buddhist Philosophy and Tantra. He received the much-honored Geshe degree in 2008 and became known throughout the 3 main Gelugpa Monasteries as a highly skilled debate master.  In 2009 Namgyal Monastery invited him to Dharamsala where he became a lecturer of sutra and tantra for the monks at Namgyal Monastery in Dharmasala.




8.30 – 9.00 AM Simple Breakfast

9.00 – 10.15 First Session

10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break

10.30 – 12.00 IInd Session

12.00 to 2.00PM Lunch Break

2.00 – 3.15PM IIIrd Session

3.15 – 3.30 Tea Break

3.30 – 5.00PM VIth Session

8.30 – 9.00AM Simple Break Fast

9.00 – 10.15 Morning Session

10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break

10.30 – 12.00 Conclusion Session

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