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.

Three Approaches to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

In this course, we will examine three traditions of this key practice: the early or Theravadin tradition primarily as presented by Mahasi Sayadaw in his Practical Vipassana Exercises; the Indian and Tibetan Mahayana traditions primarily as presented by Shantideva in his The Way of the Bodhisattva and by HH The Dalai Lama and the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in commentaries on that; and the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche primarily as presented in his 1974 Seminar, Training the Mind (unpublished transcript), and in The Heart of the Buddha. Ideally participants will put each version into practice to really experience them.


Core Materials

  1. Source Book
  2. Three Approaches to the Four Foundations by Tom Weiser
  3. Practical Vipassana Exercises by Mahasi Sayadaw
  4. Practical Insight Meditation by Mahasi Sayadaw
  5. Missing Pages from Practical Insight Meditation

Supplemental Materials

  1. The Meaning of Satipatthana by Sayadaw U Pandita
  2. “Nine Stages of Shamatha” excerpt from 1999 Seminary Book Two
  3. Mindfulness from Contemporary Buddhism
  4. Qualities and Characteristics of Shamatha
  5. Satipatthana Sutta: Major Factors and Ways of Contemplating
  6. The Ancient roots of the U Ba Khin Vipassana Meditation
  7. The Mahasi Method

Class Recordings

  1. January 17, 2012
  2. January 24, 2012
  3. January 31, 2012
  4. February 7, 2012
  5. February 14, 2012
  6. February 28, 2012
  7. March 13, 2012
  8. March 20, 2012
  9. March 27, 2012
  10. April 3, 2012