Wednesday, September 05, 2012

17 SEP 2012 - FALL term begins

IBD's [Institute for Buddhist Dialectical studies] PERFECTION OF WISDOM course resumes 17 SEPTEMBER 2012.  The Fall 2012 term of this Advanced English language Philosophy course taught by Geshe Kelsang Wangmo will end in 16 NOVEMBER 2012.

For information about the background and general subject matter of this multi-year PERFECTION OF WISDOM course as well as the topics to be addressed in the Fall 2012 term, please consult the blog post "Background for Fall 2012 Term" blog post.

For a more extensive presentation of the material covered in the prior years of the course (including synopsis, handouts, MP3s and transcripts) consult the blog posts for April 9, 2012 and April 11, 2012.

Weekly Class Schedule:*

4:00 - 5:45 pm - MONDAY & FRIDAY
  4:00 - 5:30 pm - WEDNESDAY
in IBD's Prayer Hall
IBD's prayer hall is located
Up the first set of Stairs (to the Right)
inside the main Temple Gate.

Monthly Donation Fee Requested - 300 Rupees 
(proceeds sponsor IBD students' living expenses)
*  Classes are not held during His Holiness’s teachings.  To ensure sufficient class time to cover the course material, every Monday and Friday, classes will run until 5:45 p.m. 

For Course Information details in India, you may call  Ven. Yangdron (cell 86798-70973) or Gilah (cell 89881-56535).  You can also email Ven. Nordron at

TEXT:  Geshe Wangmo prepares handouts for the topics raised in each class (which include translated excerpts from the textbook (General Meaning) and debate manual (Decisive Analysis) authored by Panchen Sonam Drakpa that are used at IBD and Drepung Loseling Monastery.  

For more material on the major topic of the Fall 2012 term, Meditative States in Tibetan Buddhism [translations by Leah Zahler & Jeffrey Hopkins.  Wisdom Publications - Boston] addresses the major topics of the Fall 2012 and includes an oral commentary by Demna Lochoe Rinpoche on Panchen Sonam Drakpa's General Meaning as well as a general oral commentary on this subject matter by Lati Rinpoche.

FALL 2012 TOPICS.  A major topic of the Fall 2012 term is Meditation and its levels of achievement and unique qualities. Otherwise, it continues the topics presented in Chapter 1 of the Ornament for Clear Realizations (Abhisamayalamkara) by Maitreya as expounded in Indian and Tibetan commentaries.  SEE Background for Fall 2012 Term
post for details.

COURSE TEACHER.  Ven. Kelsang Wangmo completed the 16-year geshe studies curriculum at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and became the first woman to be awarded a geshe degree in 2010.   Geshe Wangmo, a native of Germany, is completely fluent in Tibetan and English. 

STUDENTS. The challenging course material is aimed at earnest students of Buddhist philosophy. If you wish to check out the classes you are welcome to visit before you enroll. Should you be unable to attend the entire autumn 2012 course, you will be able to continue by following the classes online.


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