Renowned Tibetan lamas and western scholars are invited to teach from classical buddhist texts by the great masters of the past, relating them directly to the experience and practice of western Dharma students, and with a view to supporting the needs of the wider Rigpa sangha.
Senior Shedra students and instructors will also hold study weekends in national Rigpa centres. This will give local sanghas a flavour of the Shedra and encourage more students to devote themselves to in-depth study.
A long term aim of the Rigpa Shedra is to establish a Shedra in every continent and, where possible, to gain university-like formal recognition.
Senior Rigpa Shedra students will also contribute to the activities at the Tenzin Gyatso Institute in the USA where regular conferences will be held. The institute will seek to implement His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings and vision in such diverse areas as politics and business.