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 Myth of Creation

Conceptual mind relies on the past to explain the present and uses the present to justify the future. Our conceptual world is built upon the belief in the logical sequence of cause and result, which entails freezing things moment by moment into real entities. When we analyzed the possible ways this scheme of causation might actually operate, we discover that this conceptual framework has no logical coherence. Our belief in the validity of our reality and its moment-to- moment creation from the past dissolves into spontaneity.


Core Materials

  1. Source Book