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Two-Year Core Curriculum

Year One

Fall Semester

  • Philosophical Tenets: Overview of Non-Buddhist and Buddhist Schools, and the Great Exposition School
  • Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) Part 1: Entering the Path: Impermanence, Karma, Refuge, and Bodhichitta
  • Book Study: Introductory Text by HHDL
  • Tibetan Language of Practice: Prayers for Mediation Practice

Spring Semester

  • Philosophical Tenets: Sutra School
  • Lam Rim 2: Middle Scope (Personal Liberation)
  • Book Study: Mind Training Text
  • Colloquial Tibetan Language: Beginner

Year Two

Fall Semester

  • Philosophical Tenets: Mind-Only School
  • Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment): Part 3. Great Scope
  • (Aspiration Toward Buddhahood – Mahayana Path)
  • Book Study: Introductory Text by HHDL
  • Tibetan Language of Practice: Homage and Praises to Buddha Shakyamuni

Spring Semester

  • Philosophical Tenets: Madhyamika (Middle Way School)
  • Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) Part 4: Meditative Serenity and Special Insight
  • Book Study: Mind Training Text
  • Colloquial Tibetan Language: Intermediate