How do we know what we know? And how do we know if this knowledge is correct? The Shedra classes will take you on a journey to discover your mind and consciousness with all its facets and functions, from direct perception to mistaken concepts. You will move through a well-developed progressive series of courses to a more and more profound understanding of the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana views. This then allows you to get a clearer understanding of your meditation and the whole Buddhist path.
The Shedra program becomes extremely beneficial and supportive for our practice. The studies we do in the Shedra classes are not just for becoming a scholar or well versed in literature. They are all connected with our practice and they help us to demystify our mind and its world. Everybody likes Mahamudra und Dzogchen, but the practice of Mahamudra und Dzogchen very much depends on the understanding that we develop through the Shedra classes.
– Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Teachers in the Shedra track include Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Nitartha Institute core faculty. In 2018, for the first time ever, students who have attended the Gomdra in the past my attend Shedra courses as well as attend Gomdra meditation sessions that fit their schedule. This gives you a unique opportunity to explore both tracks.
The main teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will be offered with Chinese translation.
The Shedra track is divided in 2 sessions:
Shedra Session 1 (14 days)
July 6 (Friday) – July 19 (Thursday)
Travel Day: July 20 (Friday)
Shedra Session 2 (14 days)
July 21 (Saturday) – August 3 (Friday)
Travel Day: August 4 (Saturday)
I had a thoroughly fantastic time exploring the Dharma along with fellow scholars and practitioners in a beautiful environment. The opportunity to meet and talk with so many excellent teachers continues to inspire me, and I attribute my enthusiasm for Tibetan debate to my time spent at the Nitartha Institute this summer. Nitartha holds a special place as a rare opportunity to be completely immersed in a diverse community of Buddhist scholars and practitioners from around the world.
– Cody Foster, 2017 Nitartha Summer Institute Student
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Click here to see a sample schedule of a typical Shedra day at the Summer Institute.