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.

Dudra: The Collected Topics

We will go slowly and thoroughly through the first of a series of three short texts that encapsulate the fundamentals of the tradition of pramana, authentic knowing, called Dudra: The Collected Topics, composed by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen. This text provides definitions for all of the fundamental phenomena, or dharmas, which are identified in the Abhidharma tradition, and organizes them in a way that brings out their inner meaning.


Core Materials

  1. The Blazing Lights of the Sun and Moon

Supplemental Materials

  1. Types of Existence
  2. Syllogism in Buddhism
  3. Components of a Syllogism from Debate in Tibetan Buddhism
  4. "The Six Investigations" from The Treasury of Knowledge, the Chapter on Shamatha and Vipashyana

Class Notes

  1. Class 1
  2. Class 2
  3. Class 3
  4. Class 4
  5. Class 5

Class Recordings

  1. January 20, 2009
  2. January 27, 2009
  3. February 3, 2009
  4. February 10, 2009
  5. February 17, 2009
  6. February 24, 2009