Nagarjuna’s In Praise of Dharmadhatu
with Geshe Sherab
“This basic element, which is the seed,
Is held to be the basis of all dharma.
Through its purification step by step,
The state of buddhahood we will attain.”
–Nagarjuna, “In Praise of Dharmadhatu”
Every living creature has buddha nature–the seed of their very own enlightenment–though it is usually obscured by attitudes like clinging and dissatisfaction. In his work “In Praise of Dharmadhatu,” Nagarjuna alternately describes buddha nature as a lamp sitting inside a vase, a blue beryl confined within its ore, and as grains covered by their husks. This poetic work from the great 2nd century Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna shows us how buddha nature exists in all beings, and how it can be gradually uncovered by those who train in the methods described, and blossom into the fully enlightened state of dharmakaya–completely free from all imperfections. Shantideva Center presents Geshe Sherab in this six-part teaching series on Nagarjuna’s uplifting praise to buddha nature. Come learn about how you can manifest your own naturally luminous mind!
Geshe Sherab returns to Shantideva Center to continue his teaching series on Nagarjuna’s uplifting praise to buddha nature, “In Praise of Dharmadhatu.” This poetic work from the great second century Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna shows us how buddha nature exists in all of us, and how we can gradually uncover it by training in the methods described. Once realized, our buddha nature is bound to blossom into a fully enlightened state. Geshe-la began his teachings on this text in January 2022, and now continues to teach from the second half of this profound work. Geshe-la’s teaching style is full of care, precision, and comes from a place of immense wisdom. If you didn’t catch the earlier teaching series, view them online or jump right in!
Recordings from Jan- Sep 2022.
About the Teacher
Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1967 in a small village in the province of Manang, the western part of Nepal, to a Kagyu-Nyingma family. He entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine and completed his geshe studies at Sera Jey monastery in South India, followed by a year at Gyumed Tantric College. He then completed retreat and teaching assignments in the United States and Asia. Geshe Sherab served as headmaster of Kopan Monastery’s school for four years, overseeing debate training and tantric training activities. Geshe-la taught and helped in the FPMT International Office for two and a half years in Taos, New Mexico (2001–03) and also served as director of the FPMT board for a few years. For the last few years, Geshe-la has been traveling and teaching at FPMT centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia, and Europe, while also serving as resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling in Santa Fe, New Mexico.