2017 Resident Teacher Program
An Online Study of Khenpo Palden Sherab’s
Opening the Wisdom Door of the Madhyamaka School
Online Studies with Jakob Leschly
NOTE: This teaching series began on 9/2/2015. Registration for this event is still open. Registering now means that you have missed out on participation in the first two live teaching in this series. However you will be able to access a recording of these teachings, and will be included on the list for participation in the subsequent four sessions in this series.
“Ultimate wisdom is not the scope of the intellect.” -Shantideva
Thoughts cannot grasp or produce wisdom, but thoughts can appreciate the nature, the character, and the value of wisdom. We can use our rational intellect to identify and weed out the deceptions that masquerade as truth. Such discerning provides an indispensable foundation for our path of meditation. The great madhyamika sages did not abandon those following naive and counterproductive beliefs about reality, but compassionately engaged with them, exposing the shortcomings and dangers of our common habitual assumptions and dogmas, and pointing to a practical path of liberation and awakening.
In this work, Khenpo Palden Sherab highlights the Buddha’s Middle Way teachings, drawing on the great masters Shantarakshita (9th Cent. CE), Longchenpa (14th Cent.), and Jamgon Mipam (19th Cent.) These teachings form the basis for understanding the Prajnaparamita view and practice, as well as that of Vajrayana and Dzogchen.
A highly respected khenpo of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Khenpo Palden Sherab (1942-2010) completed his training in Tibet, and worked tirelessly throughout his life to preserve and teach the Buddhadharma. Together with his brother, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, he founded the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center in upstate New York.
Students read the sections of the specific text prior to the online classes during which Jakob unpacks and summarises the text, using a live PowerPoint presentation which is visible on your computer. The online studies format enables anyone to participate regardless of location. Moreover, participants will have the option to download both audio and video recordings of the lesson if they can’t participate in real-time.
In the week following each presentation a link will be emailed to you, which will allow you to download a recording of each presentation. This means that if for any reason you aren’t available for a session, you can catch up at your leisure. In addition you can review any download session as often as you wish.
TEXT: Opening the Wisdom Door of the Madhyamaka School by Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche & Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche. The text can be ordered using the following links:
Padmasambhava Buddhist Centre
Upon registration a link and further information will be forwarded to you in regard to the practicalities of setting up your computer in preparation for the webinar.