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Abhidharma Gateway to Knowledge perception scholar-practitioner

Keeping Philosophy Juicy

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche urges us to become scholar-practitioners. At the same time, Rinpoche and other lamas, khenpos, lopöns and the texts themselves often warn us against becoming merely “dry scholars.” The tri-fold approach to studying philosophy that is urged upon as at RYI—listening, contemplating, and meditating—is precisely a method to bring vitality to study, to […]

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Abhidharma Himalaya Khenpo Philosophy Silence

Silent teachers

Goethe once wrote:  “Mountains are silent teachers that make taciturn students.”  I really like this sentence, because it’s so true. Mountains have something fascinating about them, and I heard so many people say that it is almost impossible to not start thinking when you see those majestic, beautiful things. That mountains seem to be floating […]

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Abhidharma Khenpo Mipham Rinpoche Philosophy

The Khenpo Classes

Among the philosophy classes at Rangjung Yeshe, I often like the Khenpo classes the most, and this year I have the opportunity to attend two of them. With these classes one gets to understand well the traditional perspective of the various topics of Buddhist philosophy, which can be not only very meaningful in themselves, but […]