Institute for Buddhist Studies and Retreat Centre.
The Kagyu Institute of Buddhist Studies, established by Ven Shangpa
Rinpoche and formally inaugurated by HH Shamar Rinpoche and HE
Trulsig Rinpoche on 5 Dec 2004. Its aim is to impart the authentic
and pure teachings of the Buddha to practitioners who have a
firm commitment to spiritual pursuits.
It is situated in Kirtipur, a small town located along a ridge
southwest of Kathmandu overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. Due to
its exceptional location, it is a particularly suitable place for
retreat and study, highly conducive to attaining a peaceful heart
and a harmonious mind.
The institute will be running its 2nd one-month course starting
21 Feb 2005. Details as follows :
Stages of Meditation (also known as Bhavana Krama) Date: 21 Feb 2005 – 20 Mar 2005
Taught by: Acharya Khenpo Ramesh
The teaching will be based on a rare text, “Bhavanakrama” or “The
Stages of Meditation”, written by Acharya Kamalashila, a
great Indian scholar-yogi of the ninth century and a disciple of
the abbot Shantarakshita.
Kamalashila was invited to Tibet by King Trisong Detsen to rectify
certain Chinese misinterpretations about meditation through debate.
To honor his victory, the King asked him to compose a text on the
Stages of Meditation that would clearly lay out the beginning and
more advanced methods for engaging in Buddhist practice leading
to ultimate enlightenment. This text, a practical guide for the
serious practitioner, is divided into three parts: the initial,
intermediate and advanced stages. It is the basis for a particular
system of meditation established in Tibet about twelve centuries
The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of
the text as well as of proper meditation techniques. Students will
also learn why meditation is such a crucial element of Buddhist
practice. The lecturer for this course is a famous academic in
Buddhist Philosophy and an established practitioner in the Vajrayana
Tradition of Buddhism.
Registration & Enquiries
must be made via the application form
( available on our website: www.shangpa.net ).
If you like further information about the course, please contact
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