Fall Seminar 2018:
Registration: November 14, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., outside main shrine hall. Online Pre-Registration is available. Please see below for further information.
Seminar: November 15 - 21, 2018
Break Day: November 22, 2018
Retreat: November 23 - 25, 2018
Fall Seminar 2018 Topic:
View, Meditation, Conduct, and Fruition.
Both the seminar and the retreat will take place in the main shrine hall at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Welcome to the information page for the annual RYI fall seminar on the theories and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. The seminar is held in the spacious main temple at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath. Teachings are offered each morning for seven days by the monastery's abbot, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche teaches in the afternoon. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s talks are translated from Tibetan into English by a skilled interpreter. Depending on the availability of additional interpreters and needs of the audience, simultaneous translations may also be made into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, German, Danish, and Portugese.
Despite his reliance on an interpreter for communicating the more subtle intricacies of Buddhist philosophy, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, an incarnate high lama of the Kagyu tradition, has a strong command of the English language. For more than thirty-seven years, Rinpoche has been instructing a large and growing number of students of nearly every nationality in meditation and Vajrayāna practices. With a concise, lucid, and humorous approach, Rinpoche imparts the very heart of the Buddhist teachings, revealing the natural simplicity of the enlightened mind.
During the first half of the seminar, Rinpoche provides the audience with an introduction to the fundamental teachings of Buddhist practice and philosophy common to all Buddhist schools. During the latter half of the seminar, participants are guided through the more esoteric and profound perspectives, applications, and doctrines of both Mahayāna and Vajrayāna traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, including a clear explanation of the viewpoints of Madhyamaka, Mahāmudra, and Dzogchen.
Daily Program Schedule
The teaching schedule is as follows. Please note that this schedule is subject to change, so please listen carefully for announcements during the seminar.
Morning Schedule: November 15 - November 21
|9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.||Teachings and meditation practice with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche|
|10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||Tea break|
|10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Teachings with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche|
After morning teachings: Lunch at the Monastery
Phakchok Rinpoche: November 16 - 20 3:30p.m. - 5:30p.m.
Other afternoon sessions with lamas, khenpos and professors to be announced.
Registration for the seminar will be on November 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. outside the main shrine hall at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling.
This year we are doing a pilot program offering online pre-registration. We encourage online pre-registration if at all possible, as it will be useful for our seminar preparations to have some idea of the number of seminar participants.
Pre-registering online will help speed up the registration process onsite, as there will be a designated table for pre-registrants to check in, pick up materials, and make donations.
If you preregister online, please be sure to come to the registration outside the main shrine hall on November 14th, from 10 am – 3 pm
Previously the seminar registration cost was about $120 USD to help defray the costs of the seminar. Beginning two years ago, in order that as many genuinely interested students as possible could attend, Rinpoche made sure that the seminar would be free of charge. The monastery provides all necessary texts and offers tea and lunch to all participants daily.
Your kind donations are greatly appreciated. All donations go to support the monastics and their activities, including this annual seminar. You may make a donation in many kinds of currency on site. If you wish to make a donation by credit card, please do so at this link.
Details of online seminar pre-registrations will be available shortly.
Fall Retreat with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
After a break day on Thursday, November 22, the seminar retreat begins on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25. The seminar retreat will take place in the main shrine hall at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling.
The retreat is a precious opportunity to receive profound meditation instructions and to put into practice what Rinpoche has been teaching.
Please note that you must have attended the full seminar, this year or in years past, or one of Rinpoche’s seminars in the Gomde centers, in order to attend the retreat.
More information about the retreat will be announced at the seminar. Please listen for announcements!
The retreat is by donation.
Practical Information on Travel, Accommodations and Meals
For valuable information on the area, lodging, health advice, and so forth, click here.
For additional information regarding the seminar or retreat, contact us.