Ignorance is the cause of suffering

The goal of the Rime Shedra is to make accessible the vast treasures of Buddhist wisdom to those who wish to progress further in their understanding of the profound principles presented in these advanced Buddhist texts. The understanding of the ultimate nature of reality is the key to liberation. For practitioners this program provides an opportunity to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the nature of reality.  For scholars it provides an opportunity to expand their understanding of Buddhism by cultivating an experiential understanding. The program is based upon the traditional Shedra, or monastic college, curriculum which is the cornerstone of Buddhist education in all of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

A Drop of Reason Goes a Long Way

The Nyayabindu of Dharmakirti is one of seven texts on valid cognition by this icon of the Buddhist tradition of logic as a path to enlightenment and is the shortest of the three texts which treat both of the authoritative means for valid cognition, direct perception and inference. In particular, it focuses on how to use inference as the path to the direct experience of reality. We will go through the root text and the famous commentary by Dharmottara. Prior exposure to related material is recommended.


Core Materials

  1. Dharmakirti’s Theory of Inference, Chapters 1-3
  2. Summary of Chapter 1 of Drop of Reasoning
  3. Readings on Three Aspects of a Valid Sign (including Dharmakirti’s Theory of Inference, Chapter 4)
  4. Analysis of the Nyayabindu by Vidhyabusana

Supplemental Materials

  1. Background Materials for Drop of Reasoning
  2. Four Relationships from Clear Thinking 1
  3. Pramana Guide Sheet
  4. Pramana Glossary

Class Recordings

  1. January 12, 2010
  2. January 19, 2010
  3. January 26, 2010
  4. February 2, 2010
  5. February 9, 2010
  6. February 16, 2010
  7. February 23, 2010
  8. March 2, 2010
  9. March 9, 2010
  10. March 23, 2010