Teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies & The Tantra of the Secret Essence
We are delighted that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will teach two classes at the Summer Institute 2018!
The classes will be held during Module 1 (July 6–14) and Module 2 (July 16–24) and will be offered on alternating days. The first one is open for all students of the Summer Institute – Shedra as well as Gomdra – while the second class is only open to students with certain prerequisites (see below).
Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies: A Lamp of Essential Points
This course is a systematic overview of Mipham’s teachings on the Middle Way by the influential scholar of the twentieth century Bötrül (1898-1959) of the Nyingma tradition. Bötrül’s root text, Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies, and his auto-commentary, Ornament of Mañjughoa’s Viewpoint, provide a meaning commentary on Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty.
Bötrül sets forth an understanding of “emptiness” and the Middle Way School that is unique to his Nyingma school, within a rich constellation of diverse perspectives, contrasting Nyingma views point by point with positions held by other Tibetan Buddhist schools.
Bötrül was an ordained monk and incarnate lama who taught at several monastic colleges in eastern and central Tibet. Many of his students were among the most influential leaders of the Nyingma school.
Prerequisites: None. Anyone attending Shedra or Gomdra classes at the Summer Institute is welcome to come to this class.
Luminous Essence: The Tantra of the Secret Essence
The Tantra of the Secret Essence (Skt: Guhyagarbha Tantra; Tib: Gsang ba´i snying po) is the main tantra of the Mahāyoga class of tantras and is the main text on tantric view studied in the Nyingma tradition.
In this course, this tantra will be studied based on Mipham Rinpoche’s Luminous Essence (`Od gsal snying po), which is his celebrated commentary on Longchenpa’s commentary on the Guhyagarbha called Dispelling Darkness in the Ten Directions (Tib: phyogs bcu’i mun sel).
Mipham’s text presents the ground, path, and fruition of tantra, and the ten topics of the tantric path: view, conduct, maṇḍala, empowerment, samaya, activity, accomplishment, samādhi, offering pūja, and mantra with mudrā.
Who can attend these teachings?
- Returning Nitartha Institute students who have completed Mahamudra Shamatha and have taken at least one Mahamdura Vipashyana or Enhancement module.
- General students and Nalandabodhi members with a background in Mahamudra and are currently engaged in deity yoga practice or have done substantial years of deity yoga practice in the past.
- Nalandabodhi members who are following the “NB Path of Simplicity” and therefore have not engaged in deity yoga practice must have completed the Mahamudra Curriculum as taught in Nalandabodhi.
- Students who have completed a 3 year retreat are also welcome to apply.
Strongly recommended preparations for all participants:
- Returning Nitartha students who have attended Vipashyana but missed Enhancement are strongly encouraged to watch 2017 Mahamudra Enhancement teachings online prior to attendance.
- Returning Nitartha students who have attended Mahamudra Enhancement teachings in 2017 are encouraged to review the Enhancement teachings online or by reading the transcripts.
- Nalandabodhi students who have not been to Nitartha Mahamudra Gomdra are strongly recommended to review Mahamudra Vipashyana and Enhancement teachings and practice as it is taught in Nalandabodhi.
- General students who have not been to Nitartha and do not follow the Nalandabdhi path are strongly encouraged to review Mahamudra as well as deity yoga view and teachings.