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 Gateway to Knowledge, Part 2: The Path and the Result

#The Bodhisattva Path

This course will investigate in depth the traditional Five Paths, the stages of liberation along these Paths, and the realizations of the final Results of the paths, and will explore the distinctions between the Hinayana and Mahayana presentations of these paths. This material forms the essential basis for a correct understanding of the ultimate view of the inseparability of emptiness and luminosity of the Vajrayana.

This course continues our study of the famous The Gateway to Knowledge by Mipham the Great, which is a summary of Vasubandhu’s classic The Treasury of Abhidharma.

Core Materials

  1. Syllabus
  2. Readings Sourcebook
  3. Additional Readings Sourcebook

Supplemental Materials

  1. Factors Eliminated on the Paths
  2. Key Qualities for Enlightenment
  3. Obscurations to Enlightenment
  4. Five Paths and Thirty-Seven Wings
  5. Mahayana Path in Prasangika Madhyamaka
  6. Obstacles, Travelers, Bhumis, and Results
  7. Sixteen Moments of the Path of Seeing
  8. Stages on the Path of Two-Fold Selflessness
  9. Summary of the Path of Meditation
  10. Two or Three Truths
  11. Dharma Exchange Questions