Teacher: His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche
Lessons: 8The Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva is one of the most celebrated works of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. It teaches in detail the Bodhisattva's practice of bodhicitta, the heart of awakening, cultivated both in daily life and in meditation.
Teacher: Khenchen Appey Rinpoche
Lessons: 10The special pith instructions on mind training received in vision from Manjushri by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. In four short lines expressing the essence of all the sutras and tantras, Manjushri teaches the stages of mind training, beginning with a contemplation of the precious human life, up to the cultivation of special insight.
Teacher: Khenpo Ngawang Jorden
Lessons: 18A detailed presentation of the philosophy of emptiness, based on the classical treatise by Chandrakirti, one of the main expounders of the Madhyamaka or Middle Way school in India. This treatise is a commentary on the Mulamadhyamakakarika, the Root Verses on the Middle Way by Nagarjuna, the father of this tradition.
Teacher: Khenpo Jamyang Tenzin
Lessons: 21Drawing from his scholastic and contemplative training, as well as his personal understanding of modern life, Khenpo Jamyang Tenzin offers excellent guidance to both beginners and experienced practitioners on the Buddha’s way. Based on the pith instructions transmitted in the Sakya tradition, such as the Lamdré teachings on The Three Visions and the instructions on Parting from the Four Attachments, as well as the Indian classics of Buddhist philosophy like Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva and Chandrakirti’s Introduction to the Middle Way, the teachings offered here show us how to integrate both elements—theory and practice—in a most meaningful way on our path.
Teacher: Ven. Dhammadipa
Lessons: 10Shamatha (‘calm abiding’) refers to a state of mind free of defilements, clear, calm and focused. Such a mind is necessary in the pursuit of wisdom, which is the only tool to overcome ignorance, the root-cause of all suffering. For this reason, proficiency in shamatha meditation is an essential part of the Buddhist training, regardless of which tradition one follows.