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 Emptiness

This is the fifth and last segment of our series on Madhyamaka, the Middle Way teachings of the Buddha, called Radical Rejection: Parting from Extreme Views about Reality. This series is based upon the root text Introduction to the Middle Way by Chandrakirti, with commentaries by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Mipham Rinpoche, plus additional supplementary sources.

This segment will focus on the enumerations of emptiness, the inconceivable qualities of Buddhahood, and the traditional presentation of the five-fold path. The enumerations of emptiness capture the subtleties of emptiness as applied to the various realms of our experience, variously categorized as the sixteen and four emptinesses.

Teachers of this segment will be Derek Kolleeny and Ronald Stiskin. Open to all graduates of SSBS or those with an equivalent level of practice and study.


Core Materials

  1. Source Book
  2. Madhyamaka Background