The present oral exposition is of two works, the Treasury of Knowledge, a Verse
Summary, (Abhidharmakoshakaarikaa), by the Indian master Vasubandhu and the
Clarifying the Path to Liberation Explanation of the Treasury of
Knowledge by the First Dalai Lama of Tibet, Gedun Drub.
Vasubandhu's Treasury of Knowledge has stood for sixteen centuries as one of the
most acclaimed syntheses of Buddhism's Abhidharma philosophy. Likewise, though
more than five centuries have passed since Gedun Drub wrote his Clarifying the
Path to Liberation commentary, it retains a pre-eminent place among condensed
presentations of Abhidharma in Tibetan, as a critical exposition of the Treasury
root verses with the same lucidity and philosophical standpoint as Vasubandhu's
own commentary, the Abhidharmakoshabaashya.
The present explanation of these two classics was kindly given in 2001-2002 at
the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, by the Director, Geshe Dam-cho-gyal-tsen (1934-), with supplementary teachings by Ladaki Geshe Gun-chok-wang-du.
Both teachers received their lharampa geshe degrees from Drepung Loseling
Monastic College, Geshe Gun-chok-wang-du in 2000 and Geshe Dam-cho-gyal-tsen in 1979, after
he had thotoughly studied Abhidharma under two main teachers, Khensur Gen Pe-ma-gyal-tshen and Shag-kor Khen Rin-po-che, Gen Nyi-ma-gyal-tshen, for well over a decade;
a period of study protracted and much interrupted since it took place during the
precarious and arduous early exile years, when Drepung Monastery had to be
re-established from scratch in tropical south India.
Geshe Dam-cho-gyal-tsen became a teacher of philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist
Dialectics in 1980 and has been Director also since 1997. Unfortunately, halfway
through this teaching, Geshe Dam-cho-gyal-tsen suffered serious problems with the sight of
one eye. Thenceforth he taught the root text from memory, leaving the
explanation of the Clarifying the Path to Liberation commentary in the capable
hands of Geshe Gun-chok-wang-du.