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.

Vipashyana Weekend

This workshop will be focused on the understanding and the practice of vipashyana. We have been well versed in the understanding and practice of shamatha, but vipashyana remains a bit of a mystery for most of us. For understanding vipashyana, we will use primarily the presentation by Jamgon Kongtrul from his famous Treasury of Knowledge, specifically the chapter on vipashyana. For the practice of vipashyana, we will use the presentation by Jamgon Mipham in his Wheel of Analytical Meditation. We will supplement these with the chapter on vipashyana from Kamalashila’s famous Stages of Meditation, Part Two. Altogether, we will work progressively, starting with stabilizing our foundation in shamatha, then exploring analytical vipashyana’s two main stages: discriminating the variety of phenomena and their characteristics; and then investigating their essence or way of existing. Finally, we'll culminate with non-analytical vipashyana using the ultimate bodhicitta slogans way of mapping out the four stages of that practice.


Core Materials

  1. Handouts