We invite Buddhist students to join the 2021 Rigpa Shedra Online for a period of in-depth study with Khenpo Tashi Tseten, under the guidance of Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche. For the first time ever the Rigpa Shedra will be held online, which will open up new possibilities! Maybe you’ve always had a wish to study at the shedra, but were not able to travel to and stay in Nepal for three months. Here is your chance.
The Rigpa Shedra is open to all students, whether interested in following the complete curriculum, or wishing to join for only one year to boost their study and practice.
Next year, both newer students and more experienced students will have the chance to immerse themselves in the study of Longhenpa’s Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind, using a wonderful new translation by Padmakara.
If you are interested, please let us know by filling up the application form. We will get in touch with you and will be happy to answer all the questions you might have. Note that the application is not yet a commitment on your side but will allow us to know you and contact you.
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Finding rest in the Nature of Mind, Longchenpa’s classic Buddhist manual for attaining liberation, teaches us how to familiarize ourselves with our most basic nature—pristine and empty awareness. It is a lamrim text in the Nyingma lineage, presenting the entire scope of the Buddhist view combined with pith instructions for pointing out the nature of one’s mind.
Written in the fourteenth century, this text is the first volume of Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Rest, a work within the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition. It is a profound and comprehensive presentation of the Buddhist view and path that combines a scholastic expository method with direct pith instructions designed for serious practitioners. The subject matter covers both Sutra and Tantra.
In 2020 we have studied the first four chapters of the text, which present the first part of Longchenpa’s brilliant exegesis of key Sutra teachings, going deep into the four thoughts that turn the mind away from Samsara.
At Rigpa Shedra 2021 we will study the second half of the sutra part of the text, covering Taking refuge, Following a spiritual teacher, The Four Immeasurables and Cultivating Bodhicitta, Even if you have not followed the first year, you can still enter. We will create a possibility for you to study the first four chapters either before or after joining the Rigpa Shedra 2021 Program. In 2022 we will continue with the Tantra part of the text, which will be an indispensible guide to your Vajrayana practice, teaching the view of tantra and associated meditation techniques.
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche says: “In his stunningly poetic exposition, the Trilogy of Rest, Gyalwa Longchenpa illumines the great path to enlightenment with unsurpassable depth and detail. Volume 1 of the trilogy, Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind, sets us upon that path, grounding us from our very first steps through to the profound—showing the most profound to be grounded in unshakable simplicity. Brilliantly clarifying the complexities we create to come to this realization, Longchenpa easily and clearly reveals the concordance of the journey’s various stages.”
Our teacher will be Khenpo Tashi Tseten, a brilliant young Khenpo from Namdrolling Monastery in South India. He is one of the most promising Khenpo of his generation and has been teaching at the Rigpa Shedra for the past five years. Together with the wealth of his knowledge and the clarity of his explanations, he has a rare capacity to tune into students’ understanding and needs, which makes his teachings truly inspiring and illuminating.
The Rigpa Shedra East also offers all students the opportunity to learn Tibetan. Tibetan classes on several levels, from absolute beginners to translators in the making, are part of the shedra’s daily schedule.
If you are interested, please let us know by filling up the application form. We will get in touch with you and will be happy to answer all the questions you might have. We are aware that it is not always easy to free yourself for three months and to make your decision for such a big commitment. We can explore together to determine if this program is appropriate for your needs.
Note that the application is not yet a commitment on your side but will allow us to know you and contact you. The commitment to join our program only comes at the time of registration later in September, which is accompanied by payment.
Dates & Prices
Final prices will be known once all applications have been processed and at the time of payment.
January 6th to April 2nd 2021
Online Study Program Fees: €840.
The fees include khenpo-class, reviews, Tibetan language lessons (optional), study guidance and assesments. If you can’t afford the complete fee, you can still make your interest known through filling in the application form, and we can see if you would be eligible for a reduced fee.
The main class each day is translated from Tibetan into English. All other classes and activities are held in English.
Daily program and commitment to follow.
It is important to realize that the online Rigpa Shedra will emulate the Rigpa Shedra in Nepal as much as possible. The time investment will be about 5 hours a day from Monday to Friday, or 6 hours if you also wish to learn Tibetan. The program will include a class with Khenpo Tashi Tseten that is streamed from India, and a live-review that will be held through Zoom. In addition there will be opportunities to study in a study group to prepare for review-class, but you can also prepare by yourself. There will be assessments to help you to check your understanding and knowledge as a skilfull tool for your studies.
If you wish to follow this year’s shedra, we ask of you to commit to follow from beginning to end, and to follow both the khenpo class and the class review sessions.