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 History of Buddhism in India: The Gradual Unfolding of the Buddha’s Profound Intention


To fully understand the profundity of the Buddha’s teachings it is helpful to also understand its gradual unfolding in this world realm. The view and approach to practice are taught in terms of historical developments over time, and also as a personal evolution of understanding where each stage builds on the insight of the previous. In this course we will explore both traditional and contemporary western scholarly views of this evolutionary historical process. By becoming familiar with the major periods, systems of thought, authors and their texts, we can then understand the core texts of the tradition in a deeper and more experiential way. This will reflect in the stages of our development in understanding the view and our experience of view through practice. Readings will be provided in a sourcebook.

Core Materials

  1. Sourcebook (Part One)
  2. Sourcebook (Part Two)
  3. Sourcebook (Part Three)

Supplemental Materials

  1. "The Buddha's Enlightenment" from Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness by B. Alan Wallace

Class Recordings

  1. January 23, 2018
  2. January 30, 2018
  3. February 6, 2018
  4. February 13, 2018
  5. February 27, 2018
  6. March 6, 2018
  7. March 13, 2018
  8. March 20, 2018
  9. April 3, 2018
  10. April 10, 2018: Missing
  11. April 17, 2018
  12. April 24, 2018
  13. May 1, 2018