2015 Rigpe Dorje Philosophy Programme

January 7th – March 7th

The programme will be daily except on Wednesdays.
Attendance of daily Teachings, one Scripture and one Language class is required.

 

MAIN TEACHING

Daily 9.00 am - 11.00 am (except Wednesdays)

"LAMP FOR THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT"

Tib.: bJang Chub Lam gyi sGron Ma, Skt.: Bodhipathapradipam by Dipamkara Shrijnana Atisha

The new mantrayana tradition was initially propagated in Tibet. However, through the influence of some misguided teachers, the pure view concerning the Path became compromised. Many began practicing the mantrayana incorrectly thus contaminating the glorious Buddha’s pristine teaching and even making it difficult to differentiate right from wrong.

Unable to bear the situation, two Dharma kings of Tibet, Lha Lama Yeshe Oe and his nephew Jang Chub Oe, though encountering countless hardships, invited the glorious Lord Atisha to Tibet. The fact that the teachings of the glorious Buddha had degenerated due to erroneous beliefs was explained in detail to Atisha and he was requested to visit Tibet and to compose a treatise to clearly distinguish authentic teachings from the corrupted ones.

The treatise Atisha composed condensed the complete meaning of the Mahayana path into a few words, in accordance with the way that Atisha himself practiced daily. The treatise is a unique lamp for the three realms and contains the essential point of all the Victor’s scriptures.

This superior treatise, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, is addressed to beings at any of the three levels of capacity and incorporates the special features that pertain to practice, namely, that its various steps be done in the proper order, that all necessary steps are included, and so on. It is a text that unites the instructions of two pioneer traditions into one stream, presenting a path that leads beings of great capacity to omniscience.

 

SCRIPTURES CLASSES

Daily 11.30 am – 1.00 pm (except Wednesdays)

Aimed at development of a foundation in classical Tibetan language for Buddhist studies.


I. Root Text Class: "Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment" by Dipamkara Shrijnana Atisha

Study of the scriptural sources for the main teaching of the 2015 Rigpe Dorje programme. Medium of Instruction: English.


II. Scripture Class: Summary of the Key-points of Je Gampopa's "Jewel Ornament of Liberation" by Very Venerable Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Study of the correct supplementing the main Teaching of the programme. Medium of Instruction: Tibetan with English.

 

TIBETAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Daily 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm (except Wednesdays)


I. BEGINNER LANGUAGE CLASS –

Emphasis: Alphabet and reading skills, foundation of grammar, some basic colloquial Tibetan language.
Medium of Instruction: Tibetan and English.
Prerequisites: None.


II. INTERMEDIATE LANGUAGE CLASS –

Emphasis: Advanced Tibetan grammar, reading skills and colloquial Tibetan language.
Medium of Instruction: English with some Tibetan.
Prerequisites: Intermediate reading skills ability.


III. ADVANCED LANGUAGE CLASS –

Emphasis: Advanced Tibetan grammar, reading skills and colloquial Tibetan language.
Medium of Instruction: English with some Tibetan.
Prerequisites: Intermediate reading skills ability and basic ability to translate written Tibetan.

 

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