Advanced Buddhist Studies: Mipham's Progressive Stages of the View

with Derek Kolleeny

May 15th—July 31st (2018)

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

Prerequisites: 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.

Senior Shambhala teacher Derek Kolleeny, Dean of Shambhala NYC's Rime Shedra, leads the next Advanced Buddhist Studies course, Mipham's Progressive Stages of the View.

This course will take place on ten Tuesdays from May 15th to July 17th, 2018 from 7-9pm at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York.

About the Course

In his Summary of Philosophical Systems, Mipham Rinpoche provides a succinct delineation of the views of what are considered by the Tibetan tradition to be the main Buddhist philosophical schools. This schematic understanding of the progressive stages of understanding of Reality provides the foundation for understanding the path of study and practice in our tradition. Herbert V. Guenther, the translator, provides a very insightful commentary to Mipham’s text. Additionally, we will access material from two other books—Cutting Through Appearances by Geshe Lhundup Sopa and Buddhist Philosophy by Daniel Cozort and Craig Preston, both of which provide helpful introductory contextual material as well as alternate presentations of the same progressive stages of understanding but from the Gelukpa point of view.

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

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.