Samdhinirmocana Sutra and Mahamudra

two courses taught by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Nitartha’s president and spiritual director, is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars of his generation in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is a graduate of the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek in India and has studied English and comparative religion at Columbia University. He is known for his warmth, humor, and lucid presentation of Buddhist teachings in a manner relevant to contemporary life.

Samdhinirmocana Sutra

We are very excited that for a second year in a row Rinpoche has agreed to teach on the Samdhinirmocana Sutra (The Sutra Unraveling the Intention [of the Buddha]). This is a crucial sutra for the Yogacara tradition of the third Turning of the Wheel of dharma, and one that is very rarely taught.

This sutra is the classic source from the Buddha’s teachings for unraveling his intent behind teaching three different turnings of the wheel, as well as for his teachings on the eight consciousnesses, the three natures, the ultimate, and the path of meditation that leads to nondual realization of the ultimate.

Rinpoche will be teaching on this text every other day during sessions 1 and 2. Join us for this precious opportunity!

This course is open to all registered students.

A translation of this text is available online through the 84000 project. There is also a translation in book form by John Powers, called Wisdom of Buddha: The Samdhinirmochana Sutra (Publisher, Dharma Publishing (January 1, 1995); ISBN-10 : 089800246X).

Teachings on Mahamudra

We are also delighted that Rinpoche will also offer teachings on Mahamudra.

Rinpoche describes these upcoming teachings on Mahamudra as nothing serious or important, just a discussion of the nature of mind, and cautions that it is not for those looking for the extraordinary.

These teachings will be held every other day during sessions 1 and 2, starting on July 2.

Most of these talks will be open to all registered students, while some might have prerequisites.