Join Us for Spring Shedra!

The Vidyādhara Institute at Gampo Abbey would like to invite you to participate in our month-long Shedra course on Madhyamaka. It will give you a very special opportunity of thorough Buddhist studies combined with a taste of monastic life.

This intensive Buddhist studies course will be taught by Israel Lifshitz who has been teaching here on a regular basis in the last 3 years and who also teaches at Nitartha Institute. Israel has been actively teaching and practicing in South America for many years, in particular in Mexico where he lives.

Israel says: "Madhyamaka is traditionally taught as the ultimate view. Its study and practice brings us beyond conceptual elaborations, reference points and extremes and thus leads the way to total freedom."

The course will use a commentary by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen on The Presentation of Madhyamaka in the Treasury of Knowledge by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche.

You can expect 4 classes per week, with study periods and/or discussion groups. And you will also participate in daily life at Gampo Abbey, which includes recitation of morning and evening liturgy, and engaging in service periods and meditation sessions.

Prerequisites: Sūtrayāna seminary or having attended Nitartha Institute or a minimum of 2 years of Buddhist study plus a recommendation from your teacher/MI. It is also recommended that you have some experience with meditation on egolessness. Our courses are limited to 12 participants. The participants (granted that they fulfill the necessary requirements) will be chosen on a "first come, first served" basis.

Course dates: April 2-27, 2012 (arrival date: March 30 and departure date: April 28)

Fee: CAN $1,150 (includes tuition, lodging, meals).

Application deadline: March 1, 2012

For more information, contact the Shedra Coordinator, Ani Shiwa, at

To apply, fill out the following application form and email it to or fax it to 902-224-1521.

Application form for Spring Shedra

Once your application has been accepted, we will need a deposit of $250 to hold your place.

Spring 2010 shedra class
Participants in a recent shedra class gave talks on Yogachara to the community.

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