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The Middle Way in Love

Guru Rinpoche

The doctrine of the Middle Way (Skt. madhyama-pratipad, Tib. ume lam) is one of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism. According to Theravada Buddhism, the term “Middle Way” is used for the first time in Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, which is perceived as the first teaching that Buddha Shakyamuni delivered after his awakening. In this text the Buddha explains the Noble Eightfold Path as a middle way of moderation between the extremes.

In Mahayana Buddhism the Middle Way refers to the understanding of the emptiness (Skt. shunyata, Tib. tong pa nyid) that transcends the extremes of existence and non-existence. The Middle Way School of philosophy, known as Madhyamaka, was founded by the 2nd century Buddhist teacher Nagarjuna and represents the idea that all phenomena are empty by nature: at the conventional level, they do exist, but ultimately they are empty of inherent existence.

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Dance with No Dancer: Part 2

LiAnne Hunt

Opening of Dharmata House Malaysia

Anam Thubten at Dharmata House Malaysia. By Cheong Thoong Leong

Anam Thubten at Dharmata House Malaysia. By Cheong Thoong Leong

Before Anam Thubten came to Malaysia, Brian and the local sangha considered themselves “The Reject Club” because there was no place for them in conventional society or religious centers. They are devotional, pure in heart, and have been set ablaze by Rinpoche’s teachings.

In 2014, they published a book and CD in Chinese of Rinpoche’s talks entitled Your Original Face. Now, in 2016, a mere four years since beginning this sacred dialog, the sangha has opened Dharmata House in time for Anam Thubten’s annual visit.

Dharmata House is located smack in the city center, a short five-minute drive from KL Sentral but a world away from the bustle and congestion of Kuala Lumpur. The temple sanctuary is along the hillside of a high-end residential neighborhood. Ironically, it is the remainder of a house that was left in ruin for many decades. A large tree grows along the collapsed second-story walls. In most developed countries, the Dharmata temple would be a condemned building. Before its minimal renovation, superstitious people might consider it haunted.

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