Advanced Buddhist Studies: The History of Buddhism in India

with Derek Kolleeny

January 23rd—May 1st (2018)

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  • $225 Patron
  • $175 General
  • $140 Members

Senior Shambhala teacher Derek Kolleeny, Dean of Shambhala NYC's Rime Shedra, leads the next Advanced Buddhist Studies course, The History of Buddhism in India: The Gradual Unfolding of the Buddha’s Profound Intention.

This course will take place on twelve Tuesdays from January 23rd to April 3rd, 2018 (omitting February 20th) from 7-9:15 pm at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York.

Course Description

To fully understand the profundity of the Buddha’s teachings it is helpful if not necessary to also understand its gradual unfolding in this world realm. The various stages of the view and practice are inter-related in an intricate interlocking pattern of subtly nuanced hermeneutic where each stage reveals how to go further than the previous stage.

In this course we will explore both traditional and contemporary western scholarly views of this evolutionary historical process. By becoming familiar with the major periods, systems of thought, authors and their texts, we can then understand the core texts of the tradition which we study in this program in a much deeper and personally experiential way. This will reflect in the stages of our own development in understanding the view and our experience of it through practice.

Readings will be provided in a sourcebook, available for free as a pdf or in hard copy at cost.

Pre-requisites: Participants should have completed either the "In Everyday Life" and "Basic Goodness" course series (formally the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies) or have a working relationship with the study of Buddhism. If you have questions, please contact the instructor.

About the Teacher

Derek Kolleeny has been a student of Trungpa Rinpoche since 1976, and has been teaching since 1981. He was the SMCNY Director of Practice and Study from 2000?2004, during which time he created and directed the NY Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies. In 2004 he started the Advanced Buddhist Studies program, also known as Rime Shedra NYC (, for practitioners interested in accessing the immense wisdom transmitted in classical Buddhist texts. Over the past twelve years he has taught over 35 in-depth courses on this profound material.