• $300.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: Saturdays at 9am CT (7am PT) Weblink will be sent upon registering

Contact: Greg Patenaude

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Shedra Course: Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

With Younge Khachab Rinpoche

June 8 - August 24, 2024

Rinpoche will be teaching a foundational Shedra course, “Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy,” inviting students to explore the rich tapestry of the Buddhist philosophical tradition. Designed for both new and senior students, this course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the philosophical landscape within early Indian Buddhism and the subsequent developments in Tibetan schools of thought.

Course Objectives:

  • Broad Overview: Gain an in-depth understanding of the diverse schools of thought that have shaped Buddhist philosophy over the centuries.
  • Foundational Knowledge: Build a solid foundation for further study and practice by exploring the historical contexts, key concepts, and philosophical debates that have contributed to the evolution of Buddhist thought and practice.
  • Critical Skills: Develop the ability to engage with complex philosophical ideas through the lenses of history, logic, and reason, enhancing both personal practice and intellectual inquiry.

Key Topics:

  • Historical Context: Trace the origins and evolution of early Indian Buddhist schools, understanding the historical and cultural factors that led to their development.
  • Philosophical Systems: Explore the main systems of thought within Buddhism, including:
    • Abhidharma: Learn the foundational elements of Buddhist philosophy that were taught during the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. 
    • Buddhist Logic: Learn how Buddhist scholars used logic and reasoning to clarify their views and advance their understanding of the Dharma.
    • Cittamatra (Mind-Only School): Learn about the core teachings of this early Mahayana school that emerged from the works of Asanga. 
    • Madhyamaka (Middle Way): Learn about the profound teachings on emptiness that emerged based on the works of Nagarjuna and later masters. 

Importance for Practitioners:

This course emphasizes the significance of philosophical study in Buddhist practice, highlighting how a deeper understanding of these teachings can enrich one’s spiritual path. By exploring the reasons behind the emergence of different philosophical schools, practitioners will appreciate the diversity of thought within Buddhism and its relevance to contemporary practice.

Course Format:

The course is structured to facilitate a comprehensive and engaging learning experience, combining lectures, contemplative inquiry, and group discussion to foster a dynamic exploration of the Dharma. Students will have the opportunity to connect with fellow learners and instructors in a supportive online environment, enhancing their understanding of the teachings and promoting the practical application of Buddhist philosophy.

Weekly Course Schedule

This course will be three months long with 60 minute lectures for three weeks out of every month.

Online teachings will be on Saturdays at 7am PT (9am CT).

Student study groups will meet weekly on Sundays at 4pm PT (6pm CT) for additional questions and discussion.

Starting June 8 through August 24

Course Fee: $300, which includes full access to all live and recorded lectures and the course materials. Payment installation options are available on the registration page.



Younge Khachab Rinpoche
Younge Khachab Rinpoche is a highly accomplished Dzogchen master and non-sectarian, or Rime scholar. He was educated at Ganden Jangtse Monastery where he received his Geshe degree. He was also appointed as the Khenpo of the Kagyu Monastery Thagten Nyingje Ling in Boudhnath where he taught for several years. He has studied widely with the top masters in the Kagyu, Nyingma, Gelug, Sakya and Bon traditions. Rinpoche’s style of teaching is direct, warm and engaging, extensive yet practical. He is accessible and takes a personal interest in his students’ progress. Rinpoche currently makes his home in the United States.
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