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.

Rime Philosophy

This course is based upon the book by Ringu Tulku, The Rime Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul. Beginning with an awe inspiring biography of Jamgon Kongtrul, this text presents a wonderfully clear and concise summary of major sections of Kongtrul's great Treasury of Knowledge, from books four and eight. In particular, we will study the transmission from India to Tibet of both the five core topics of Buddhist study and the major vajrayana practice cycles; explore the history and philosophy of the Eight Great Practice Lineages within Tibet; and conclude with the text’s excellent and thorough presentation of the Rangtong and Shentong Madhyamaka views.


Supplemental Materials

  1. "Jamgon Kongtrul and the Nonsectarian Movement" by E. Gene Smith
  2. "Khyentse and Kongtrul Incarnations" by E. Gene Smith
  3. The Life of Chokgyur Lingpa

Class Recordings

  1. January 11, 2011
  2. January 18, 2011
  3. January 25, 2011
  4. February 8, 2011
  5. February 15, 2011
  6. February 22, 2011
  7. March 1, 2011
  8. March 15, 2011
  9. March 22, 2011