Advanced Buddhist Studies: The Core Practice Manuals of the Indian and Tibetan Traditions of Meditation

with Derek Kolleeny

September 18th—December 11th (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 Core Practice Manuals of the Indian and Tibetan traditions of Meditation Shamatha & Vipashyana.

An Advanced Buddhist Studies/Rime Shedra NYC Course Ten Tuesdays from September 18 to December 11, 2018, from 7-9:15 pm. at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York

Course Description

In this course we will explore core practice manuals on Shamatha and Vipashyana from the Indian and Tibetan traditions. These provide a rich foundation that we can use as supports for deepening our own practice of meditation. In particular we will focus on three key sources: the main Mahayana Sutra presentation attributed to the Buddha—the Maitreya Chapter of the Samdhinirmocana Sutra; the Bhavanakramas—the foundational trilogy on meditation composed by Kamalashila in the eighth century to provide Tibetans both the background and the specifics of the practice of meditation; and a key Mahamudra presentation—The Mahamudra Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance by the ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje. Additionally, we will explore some supplementary material on the progression of the practice of Shamatha and how it differs from, supports and leads into the practice of Vipashyana. 

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

Led by Derek Kolleeny. Derek was the SMCNY Director of Practice and Study from 2000‐2004, during which time he formulated 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. Since then, he has taught over 40 in-depth courses on this profound material.