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 Miraculous Key

In this course we will study this unique text by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso Rinpoche that skillfully summarizes the contents of Jamgon Kongtrul’s famous Treasury of Knowledge. Rinpoche presents most of the root text’s main topics in the format of a shedra-style textbook using definitions, examples and debates. It results in a wonderful summary of the entire range of Buddhist knowledge and practice, and an in depth presentation of the essence of the three prajnas of hearing, contemplating and meditating. We will supplement the root text with excerpts from the Treasury itself and with a commentary by Rinpoche himself.


Core Materials

  1. Summary Outline
  2. Source Book
  3. The Miraculous Golden Key
  4. Commentary on The Miraculous Key

Supplemental Material

  1. Buddhist Hermeneutics
  2. Nitartha, Neyartha, and Tathagatagarbha in Tibet
  3. Analytical Vipashyana Guide Source Book

Class Recordings

  1. September 15, 2009
  2. September 22, 2009
  3. September 29, 2009
  4. October 6, 2009
  5. October 13, 2009
  6. October 27, 2009
  7. November 3, 2009
  8. November 10, 2009
  9. November 17, 2009
  10. December 1, 2009
  11. December 8, 2009
  12. December 15, 2009