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.

Intellect and Intuition

This course will continue with the exploration of the roots and major sources for our tradition of shamatha and vipashyana meditation.  In this segment we will examine the Mahayana tradition, from the early sutras and commentaries, through Kamalashila's famous Stages of Meditation, concluding with the sutra mahamudra tradition of Tibet.  Participation in the course "From Fright to Flight" presented in Spring of 2010, which focused on the Theravadin traditions, is not a requirement to attend this course.


Core Materials

  1. Syllabus
  2. Source Book
  3. Chants

Supplemental Materials

  1. Terms and Definitions
  2. Prasangika-Madhyamaka Paths and Stages Chart
  3. Obstacles, Travelers, Bhumis, and Results
  4. Stages of Two-Fold Emptiness
  5. Sheja Dzod Shamatha and Vipashyana Chapter "Introduction Root Verses"
  6. Jnanagarbha's Commentary on Maitreya Chapter of Samdhinimocana Sutra
  7. "Meditation and the Concept of Insight" in Kamalasila's Bhavanakramas
  8. Treasury of Knowledge Stages of Meditation
  9. Replacement Readings for Class 3

Class Recordings

  1. September 21, 2010
  2. October 5, 2010
  3. October 12, 2010
  4. October 19, 2010
  5. October 26, 2010
  6. November 2, 2010
  7. November 16, 2010
  8. November 30, 2010
  9. December 7, 2010