Shedra is technically the study of Buddhist philosophy. Anyen Rinpoche has expanded this defintion to include not only philosophical study but also practice application--as Rinpoche believes that focused study is crucial to the practice of meditation and to development on the path of Secret Mantryana. Each fall and spring, Anyen Rinpoche, an esteemed scholar, presents in depth commentary on selected texts. Previous shedra texts have included: Mipham Rinpoche's "Beacon of Certainty", Popa Tulku's Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies, Mipham Rinpoche's "Lion's Roar Proclaiming The Buddha Nature", and Gedun Chopel's "Madman's Middle Way."
Rinpoche's approach to teaching this subtle and complex subject is non-traditional – he presents principle concepts and guides students through a fabric of reasoning via debate and dialog. He also gives direct instruction in meditation as he teaches philosophy, which bridges the gap between study and meditation.
Our shedra study takes place at Orgyen Khamdroling Center over two Friday evenings and Saturdays in each the fall and spring. Shedra students also meet with Anyen Rinpoche for discussions, practices, and meals. From fall 2013, we will be studying Shantideva's Way Of The Bodhisattva based on a commentary by the renowned scholar Khenpo Shenga. The importance of studying this text cannot be overstated!
It can be said that the foundation of Buddhist teaching and practice can be found in the Way of a Bodhisattva. This profound guidebook shows us how the true Mahayana practioner culitivates the mind of enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. From the generation of renunciation and the sublime qualities of love, compassion, generosity and patience, we are guided step by step to the stronhold of Ultimate Wisdom. It was said that Patrul Rinpoche, himself an emanation of Shantideva, received the commentary on The Way of The Bodhisattva many times during his lifetime. Anyen Rinpoche has asked all of his students to follow this inspiring example and study this precious text at least once a year.
For students aspiring to be invited to study the Secret Mantayana with Rinpoche in the future, shedra study is required. Additionally, Rinpoche requests that shedra students attend Vajrasattva and Tsok practices on a regular basis.
Register for spring 2014 Shedra here.