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The Academic Component

1. Teachings

Teachings by the MP teacher Khen Rinpoche Geshe Losang Jamphel, abbot of Nalanda, are scheduled to take place four days a week from 9:30 – 12:30. Gen-la teaches in Tibetan, and there are translations into both English and French.

2. Tutorials

Tutorials are four days a week from 14:30 – 16:30 with Wednesday afternoons free for self-study. Tutorials consist of review classes, discussion groups, in-class quizzes and presentations.

tibetan-text-2The first hour will consist of the Teaching Assistant’s review of the material covered in the teachings, whereas the second hour is set aside for discussion groups.  Presentations take place fortnightly on Fridays, alternating with the fortnightly in-class quizzes. 

3. Exams

The academic year consists of three semesters, and at the end of each there is a written exam, which covers all the material of that semester. The exams are graded; for subject completion a minimum mark of 50% is required for all subjects exams. 

4. Three month review and final exam

In accordance with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wish there will be a review with final exam when the study of all subjects is completed. Rinpoche expressed the great value of an overall review for all participants; due to renewed familiarization the meaning of the subjects will become clearer. The review and the final exam assignments will approach the subjects from a practice oriented perspective, aiming at integration and application in practice of the studied material.

 

Curriculum - The Five Subjects in Brief

Students will be studying the five subjects that constitute the Masters Program’s curriculum:

  • ORNAMENT FOR CLEAR REALIZATION (ABHISAMAYALAMKARA)
    Here, we will look in detail at the clear realizations gained on the various spiritual paths of the hearers and solitary realizers, and bodhisattvas, in addition to becoming familiar with fundamental Buddhist topics such as bodhichitta, the Three Jewels, the two truths, the four noble truths, and the truth body.

  • SUPPLEMENT TO THE 'MIDDLE WAY' (MADHYAMAKAVATARA)
    This text contains a comprehensive presentation of the ten perfections, with a specific emphasis on the perfection of wisdom and the presentations of emptiness by both non-Buddhist and Buddhist schools of thought.

  • TREASURY OF MANIFEST KNOWLEDGE (ABHIDHARMAKOSHA) and COMMENTARY ON VALID COGNITION (PRAMANAVARTTIKA)
    The teachings on Valid Cognition will focus on logical inference and the establishment of valid authority, while the teachings on Treasury will focus mainly on the chapters presenting actions (karma) and afflictions.

  • GROUNDS AND PATHS OF SECRET MANTRA
    Here, we will be presented with an overview of the four classes of tantra, with a particular emphasis on the spiritual grounds and paths within highest yoga tantra.

  • THE TWO STAGES OF GUHYASAMAJA TANTRA 
    An in-depth analysis of the generation and completion stages of highest yoga tantra, based on the Guhyasamaja Tantra.


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