Vajrayana Foundation's Buddhist Studies Program To Begin Instruction

The following article is from the Autumn, 1996 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

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Lama Tharchin Rinpoche envisioned his activity in the West to consist of producing Dharma Art, establishing a Drubta (a site for 3-year retreats), and founding a Shedra, or Buddhist College. In January 1997, the Vajrayana Foundation will begin offering the first section of Shedra teachings. The course work will focus on instruction in fundamental Buddhist concepts, the development of Buddhist philosophy, and Tibetan language.

The Treasury of Sutra arid Tantrn, long thought to be lost until its recent rediscovery, will be the primary text used in the Shedra's curriculum. For the past three years, the Foundation has employed Tulku Thubten Rinpoche, Lama Nawang, Lama Yeshe Wangmo, and Yeshe Nyima as the translation team for this monumental undertaking. Now, a significant portion of the texts have been translated sufficiently for use in the Shedra.

Tulku Thubten Rinpoche has been overseeing the development of the translation and curriculum. When asked about the goal of the Shedra, he described it as similar to climbing a mountain. From the top of the mountain one can see in all directions. Having completed the Shedra instruction, one can realize, in minute detail, a deep experience of Buddhism.

The purpose of the Shedra is not only philosophical education; it will also focus on the practices which lead to enlightenment. This is accomplished by balancing the development of correct view with actual practice.

Based on centuries of training students, the methodology of the Shedra has been designed to meet the needs of those wishing to rapidly develop their abilities in the study and practice of Buddhism. For more information, contact the Vajrayana Foundation, 2013 Eureka Canyon Road, Watsonville, CA 95076, or call 408-761-6283. ä_æ

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