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.

Mipham's Sword of Wisdom

This practical meditation workshop will focus on the practice of analytical vipashyana meditation through the three stages of prajna: hearing/studying or discriminating; contemplating or investigating; and meditating or resting in the meaning discerned. We will use the famous text by Mipham Rinpoche as our guide through this process, supplemented by excerpts from Analytical Meditation by Acharya Lama Tashi Gyaltsen and from Mind in Tibetan Buddhism, a traditional Lorik text, which is an explanation of the Classifications of Mental States. 

In more detail, the discriminating phase involves identifying objects of experience as being matter, mind, or mental factors; subjects that experience in terms of the type of cognition, especially its validity, and the resulting cognition of objects by subjects, its process, aspects and types. Investigating involves clearly identifying the three main aspects of the belief in a self – as being single, permanent or ongoing through time and independent. Finally we will explore the resting phase of meditation through the five absolute bodhicitta slogans of Atisha and the six precepts of Tilopa.


Core Materials

  1. Source Book