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.

Frameworks of Shamatha and Vipashyana

Though we often hear about the importance of shamatha-vipashyana meditation, rarely do we get to focus on what exactly it is and how to practice it in a thorough manner. Two pivotal texts for this practice in the Tibetan meditation tradition are Jamgon Kongtrul's chapter, presenting a detailed description of the types, stages ,and technical details of shamatha and vipashyana practice, and Kamalashila's text, perhaps the most famous presentation for the entire Tibetan tradition for how to actually practice vipashyana. This course will bring together Kamalashila's contemplation with the more analytical exploration of Jamgon Kongtrul. Both are short, allowing time for contemplation and in-depth study of these texts. Kongtrul’s text is the one that the Vidyadhara used as his source text for his talks on vipashyana at the many Vajradhatu Seminaries.


Core Materials

  1. Source Book