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.

Sourcebooks by Course


Spring: The Progressive Stages of Contemplation on Emptiness [Part One] [Part Two] [Part Three] [Part Four]

Winter: The History of Buddhism in India [Part One] [Part Two] [Part Three]


Autumn: Mixing Mind with Space

Spring: Meditation and the Progression of the Buddhist Path

Winter: Vasubhandu's Essence of Abhidharma


Autumn: The Keys to the Treasury of the Dharma

Winter: Gaining Certainty in the View, Part Two


Autumn: Gaining Certainty in the View, Part One

Spring: Look at the Nature of Your Mind

Winter: Chögyam Trungpa's Path of Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation


Autumn: The Knowledge of All Modes

Spring: Vipashyana: The Key Texts in the Tibetan Tradition


Autumn: Chapter Nine of Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara

Spring: Great Middle Way: Buddha Nature

Winter: Vipashyana: The Indian Root Sources and Vipashyana: The Indian Root Sources (Secondary Sourcebook)


Autumn: Reading the Words of the Buddha

Winter: Three Approaches to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness


Autumn: The Adornment of the Middle Way, Part 2

Spring: The Adornment of the Middle Way, Part 1


Autumn: Intellect and Intuition

Spring: From Fright to Flight


Autumn: The Miraculous Key

Summer: The Path of the Middle Way

Spring: Lorik: Classifications of Mind

Winter: Mipham's Sword of Wisdom


Summer: Frameworks of Shamatha and Vipashyana


Winter: The Gateway to Knowledge, Part 2 and The Gateway to Knowledge, Part 2 (Additional Readings)


Autumn: Abhidharma: The Buddhist Science of Mind

Spring: The Myth of Emptiness

2005 and Before

What Am I?

Mipham's Wheel of Analytical Meditation

Cittamatra and the Shentong View

The Myth of Creation

Madhyamaka and the Mahayana Middle Way