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.

The Adornment of the Middle Way, Part 1

Shantarakshita was the main proponent of the Yogachara Madhyamaka syntheses and one of the first two main transmitters of Buddhism from India to Tibet - the other being Padmasambhava. The Madhyamakalankara represents the middle way view of emptiness based entirely upon the logic of things being neither one nor many, and therefore not being validly established ultimately. We will study this relatively short text in detail using the Padmakara Translation Committee translation which includes a wonderful commentary by Mipham Rinpoche, supplemented by selected recent analyses.


Core Materials

  1. Syllabus
  2. Source Book
  3. Chants

Supplemental Materials

  1. A Controversial Topic from Mipham’s Analysis of Madhyamakalankara
  2. Later Madhyamika’s Epistemology and Meditation
  3. The “Neither One Nor Many” Argument for Shunyata
  4. Shantarakshita’s “Neither-One-Nor-Many” Argument
  5. Shantarakshita from Indian Buddhist Pandits
  6. Was Shantarakshita a “Positivist”?
  7. Vipashyana Cheatsheet
  8. "Comments on Self-Awareness" by Raziel Abelson
  9. "Reflexive Awareness and the Cogito" by Paul Bernier
  10. "What’s at Stake in a Tibetan Debate?" by Jay Garfield
  11. Sixteen Moments of the Path of Seeing
  12. The Seventy-Five Dharmas
  13. The One-Hundred Dharmas
  14. "Outlines of Sautrantika" by Konchok Jigmey Wangpo
  15. Tenets Handouts
  16. The Five Reasons in Syllogisms from The Treasury of Knowledge
  17. Class 7 Outline
  18. Class 8 Outline

Class Recordings

  1. April 5, 2011
  2. April 12, 2011
  3. April 19, 2011
  4. April 26, 2011
  5. May 3, 2011
  6. May 15, 2011
  7. May 17, 2011
  8. May 24, 2011
  9. May 31, 2011
  10. June 7, 2011