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.

Cittamatra and the Shentong View

In recognition of the central importance of the Shentong View, or Empty of Other, in our tradition of Buddhism, this third segment of the Radical Rejection course will include the presentation of the Shentong teaching and how it is different from the Cittamatra, or Mind Only, view. We will be using the presentation on both Cittamatra and Shentong from Jamgon Kongtrul’s famous Treasury of Knowledge with commentary by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

In addition, we are thrilled to announce that the Venerable Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche has agreed to present two talks in conjunction with this course on the topic Distinguishing the Shentong View from Mind Only. 

This is the third segment of our five segment series called Radical Rejection: Parting from Extreme Views about Reality, on the Introduction to the Middle Way by Chandrakirti, with commentaries by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Mipham Rinpoche. This segment will focus on the refutation of the "truly existent mind" promoted by the Cittamatra, or Mind Only, view, and how this view is transformed in the Shentong Tradition of Tibet. Created by Derek Kolleeny, additional teachers of this segment will be Michele Laporte and Nancy Murphy. For graduates of SSBS or equivalent.


Core Materials

  1. Source Book
  2. Teachers' Readings