Specialized Textual Studies

Specialized textual studies courses focus on a specific Tibetan text. Your course will be taught by a monastic instructor (khenpo or lopon) in Tibetan and translated into English by a skilled interpreter.

Courses are delivered via Moodle, an open source e-learning environment. Each class session includes a video lecture of the monastic instructor teaching along with the English translation. Often, supplementary materials are included, such as academic readings related to the topics covered in the video lectures and review classes created by our Western academic instructors to clarify, illustrate, or reiterate important points.

For each session, students watch the video, or listen to the audio, then watch the review classes and read the supplementary material using Moodle, an open source e-learning environment. #RYIonline

Root Verses of the Middle Way (Mūlamadhyamikakārikā)

What is real? Examine various aspects of experience through Nāgārjuna's classic text which brings to light the Buddha's doctrine of dependent origination. Studying this text as a philosophical treatise is an adventure in itself, and for those who practice meditation, it is the perfect complement. Read more...

The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryāvatāra)

Studying the teachings of Buddha Śākyamuni helps us become kind, calm, and clear. The Indian master, Śāntideva, in this renowned text, provides practical advice on how to gradually develop these qualities through generating, maintaining, and strengthening bodhicitta, the awakened heart. Read more...

Cultivating Patience - Chapter Six of The Way of the Bodhisattva

When faced with difficulty, how do you respond? Do you welcome the opportunity to practice patience, or are you swept up in emotion? In this short course, Śāntideva teaches why and how the practice of patience is crucial for aspiring bodhisattvas. Read more...

Wisdom - Chapter Nine of The Way of the Bodhisattva

Have you ever wondered why Buddha Śākyamuni remained silent when asked certain questions? Explore that curiosity in this course on Śāntideva’s classic exposition of the Madhyamaka view. Learn how phenomena and experiences arise in the famous ninth chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva. Read more...

The Brilliant Sun (Rabsel Nyima)

Balance your study of Śāntideva's famous treatise The Way of the Bodhisattva  with Paltrul Rinpoche’s pithy practice instructions for that text. Through study, reflection, and meditation, one can access the true experience of these teachings on bodhicitta, the awakened heart. Read more...