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.


The abhidharma presents clearly and unmistakably the phenomena that we all experience every moment of our conscious existence--the sense powers, the identification of their objects, both independently as unlimited fields of the manifest and as they are perceived by our senses and their interaction as our sense consciousnesses; the functioning of our psycho-physical being including the body and the various levels of the mind from its foundations in bare mental capabilities such as consciousness and subconsciousness to attention, discrimination, discursive thought and memory. From that foundation the abhidharma then presents the fundamental profundity of the Buddha's teachings in the form of the four noble truths and the eightfold path.

Together with the tools presented in the teachings on pramana, these prepare one to understand the profound truth nature of all phenomena as being without self or ultimate truly existent essence.


  1. The Root Text of the Yogachara Tradition
  2. Abhidharma: The Buddhist Science of Mind
  3. Look at the Nature of Your Mind
  4. Vasubhandu's Essence of Abhidharma