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.

Lorik: Classifications of Mind


In this course we will go slowly and thoroughly through the second of a series of three short texts that encapsulate the fundamentals of the tradition of pramana, authentic knowing, called Lorik: Classifications of Mind, composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. This text analyzes the mind in multiple ways which bring out the deeper understanding of awareness that is at the heart of the path of Buddhism, and provides definitions for each of these as well as the ways that minds engage with their objects.

Core Materials

  1. Source Book
  2. Syllabus
  3. Revised Source Book
  4. Questions and Answers with Karl Brunnhölzl

Supplemental Materials

  1. Additional Readings
  2. Profound Inner Reality Excerpts
  3. Additional Dudra and Lorik Readings
  4. The Reflexive Nature of Awareness, Chapters 1 and 2

Class Recordings

  1. March 31, 2009
  2. April 14, 2009
  3. April 21, 2009
  4. April 28, 2009
  5. May 5, 2009
  6. May 19, 2009
  7. May 26, 2009
  8. June 2, 2009
  9. June 9, 2009
  10. June 16, 2009
  11. June 30, 2009