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.

Gaining Certainty in the View, Part One: An Introduction to the Radical Rejection of Primitive Beliefs about Reality

What is the root of samsara?
What is the root of our attachment, fixation and ignorance?
The belief in real existence.

This course will examine the nature of this belief, why it is considered a mistaken view, how it comes about, how we continually perpetuate it, and how we can unravel it. Through this inquiry, we will be introduced to the view of the Middle Way, or Madhyamaka, and explore its birth, teachers, development, message, and technique. This will include a focus on how to practice letting go of understanding as the path to experiencing emptiness.

This course is an introduction to the understanding and experience of the profound view of emptiness, and will pave the way for study of the core texts of the tradition by Rongzom, Gorampa, Shakya Chokden and Mipham in the next course.


Core Materials:

  1. Source Book

Supplemental Materials:

  1. Self-sufficiently Knowable and Imputedly Knowable Phenomena
  2. Handout #2
  3. Handout #3
  4. Collected Topics Chart
  5. Chart of the Objects of the Various Types of Mind
  6. Lorik Classifications

Class Recordings:

  1. September 15, 2015
  2. September 22, 2015
  3. September 29, 2015
  4. October 6, 2015
  5. October 13, 2015
  6. October 20, 2015
  7. October 27, 2015
  8. November 3, 2015
  9. November 10, 2015
  10. November 17, 2015
  11. December 1, 2015
  12. December 8, 2015