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 Path of the Middle Way

This course will focus primarily on what are known as the four major reasonings or arguments of the middle way. We will also use a short presentation of these arguments by Mipham as the basis for contemplation, and go very slowly and deeply through the wonderful chapter on prasangika madhyamaka from Jamgon Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge. This will be a chance to deeply explore the essential view and practice of the middle way, madhyamaka.


Core Materials

  1. Source Book
  2. Responses from Karl Brunnhölzl

Supplemental Materials

  1. Excerpt from Center of the Sunlit Sky

Class Recordings

  1. July 7, 2009
  2. July 14, 2009
  3. July 21, 2009
  4. July 28, 2009
  5. August 4, 2009
  6. August 11, 2009