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No, I don’t live in Tibet.

For my family back in the west, in their minds “living in Nepal and studying Buddhism” is defined as “studying this crazy ancient philosophy, under the guidance of elderly monks (who would never in their life eat meat) and practice kungfu – in Tibet”. A girl at work gently reminded me how Buddhists- especially the […]

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Basking Under the Dharma Sun

Basking Under the Dharma Sun “Buddhist Studies? Wow, so interesting. Where?” starts the familiar drill.“In Nepal,” I reply.“Oh!!…..where in Nepal?”“In Kathmandu.”“Oh okay….is it in the main city of Kathmandu itself?”“Yes, but not in the city center. It’s in a neighborhood called Boudha.”“Ahh..alright. What did you say it was called?”“Rangjung Yeshe Institute.” This is often followed by […]

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My Experience at RYI

One of the best decisions I ever made was joining Rangjung Yeshe Institute (RYI). It is indeed a great institute where one can have experience of both academic and traditional teachings from the sophisticated masters. Precious teachings from Lopens and Khenpos help surprisingly to overcome the stresses of our daily lives.When I first came to this institute, I […]

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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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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 […]

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Bachelor in Buddhist Studies Philosophy Student life Study

Realization Arise Interdependently

Last Fall in September 2011, I joined Rangjung Yeshe Institute for BA degree. In Spring, I went up to Pullahari Rigpe Dorje Institute to continue my third year. So, I could not study at RYI last Spring from January to March 2012. But this year from June to August 2012, I attended the summer course […]

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A Short Interview with Lopön Urgyen Tenpel

Lopön Urgyen Tenpel studied for 10 years in the Sangye Yeshe Shedra at Ka Nying Shedrup Ling and is now one of the philosophy teachers at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute. This year he is teaching the Uttaratantra Shastra (Eng. Sublime Continuum) according to the commentary of Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye. The following is a short […]

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Bachelor in Buddhist Studies Khenpo Lopon Philosophy Shedra Study

Inner sciences of eastern spirituality

Lopon Tokpa Tulku and Translator during Philosophy class at RYI Once upon a time I was listening to an extraordinary human being, an embodiment of wisdom, the master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche who gave a lecture to Khenpos, Lopons and venerable monks of his monastic university Dzongsar Shedra, in India. Rinpoche started his talk by sharing […]

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John Dunne’s class on the Facets of Mindfulness and Croissants

I never understood the value of learning valid cognition until taking John Dunne’s class on the Facets of Mindfulness this fall.  By observing the process through which our mind makes coherent the vast array of sensory information it receives, the negative emotions which form based upon our feelings about these sensory experiences lose their foothold.  By […]

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Nāgārjuna and the Suffering of Being Sick

While studying Nāgārjuna one comes to the realization that the prasaṅga reasoning he used was  not only to refute the philosophical views that existed at his time, but to provide his readers with the tool to deconstruct any belief system or dogma they tend to grasp at spontaneously(the cause of suffering-second Noble truth). Just after […]