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 Shedra NYC Special Events

What’s Next? or, Do I Really Hafta take rebirth? - March 17, 2015

As Buddhism has come to the West, where we don't traditionally have a belief in rebirth, the role of rebirth in Buddhist teaching and practice has sometimes been seen as awkward or even irrelevant. Is rebirth merely a cultural inheritance from the time and place where Buddhism as we have it arose? Is it a metaphor for the way in which the continuum that we experience as a self, like all continua, arises and ceases from instant to instant? Is it the conventional reality that we share as a basis for skillful Buddhist practice? As so many Buddhist teachings remind us, this isn't a matter of idle speculation—whatever Buddhism teaches is meant to be used by each of us here in the present.

Rime Shedra NYC Dinner with Phakchok Rinpoche, August 27, 2012