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.

Abhidharma: The Buddhist Science of Mind

Abhidharma is often translated as "higher dharma"--some say implying that one needs to be high in order to understand the profound subtleties of the true dharma. In this course we will critically test this assumption by approaching this material through dialogue, debate, and contemplation. Penetrating the depths of our experience reveals the building blocks of our reality: elements, skandhas, dhatus, and so forth. Fully understanding how these elements function together to create the magical show of our world is the first step towards shattering the myth of a unified self and transforming this into the display of the five wisdoms. Based upon the summary of Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Abhidharma by Mipham the Great called "The Gateway to Knowledge."


Core Materials

  1. Source Book
  2. Reference Material