Marpa Institute

The following article is from the Spring, 1990 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

On November 16th, during his stay in Bodhgaya, His Holiness the Dalai Lama granted an interview to the Ven. Khempo Tsultrim Gyantse Rinpoche and his sixty students, who had come from all over the world to study Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy.

In responding to their questions, His Holiness explained with great clarity and subtleness the approaches of the rantong and shen-tong schools, showing that their viewpoints are not contradictory, and that they both reveal a profound understanding of the true nature of all phenomena.

This year, Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche is giving classes for advanced students on the Madhyantavibhanga with Mipham Rinpoche's commentary and Nagarjuna's Shunyatasaptatikarikamama with the self-commentary. Beginning students start with texts written by Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche, which include conversational and Dharma Tibetan, basic grammar and logic, plus fundamental categories of Buddhist teaching, such as the thirty-seven factors of enlightenment. Courses for intermediate students include another text of Khenpo Rinpoche's which epitomizes Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye's Compendium of Knowledge and the 7th Karmapa, Chodrak Gyantse's Ocean of Reasoning.

For more information contact: Marpa Institute, P.O. Box 4017, Kathmandu, Nepal.

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