I received this email today that may be of interest to the serious student of the dharma:
Namdroling, Montana and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche are happy to again offer the distance learning program, Cyber Shedra. Cyber Shedra was established by Namdroling Montana and Khenpo Norgay in 2004 in order to help serious Dharma students receive pure Buddhist teachings.
This is an exceptionally rare opportunity for students whose lives are mingled with the world and worldly responsibilities. A uniqueness of this program is that you study from your computer when and where it is convenient for you.
Who teaches these sessions?
The teachings are given by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche from the Palyul Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Participants have the opportunity to receive teachings from and communicate questions to master Buddhist teacher Khenpo Norgay via email and the web. Lessons, assignments, practice instructions, and written question and answer sessions are incorporated into the program.
For those who are interested, definitions of Tibetan/Sanskrit terms found in Session 1 lessons are also available. Please check our website for a biography of: Khenpo-la.
How long is each session?
Each session progresses over an eight-month period (October to May). The fall sessions begin anytime between today’s date and November 7, 2017. Your start date will depend on when we receive your registration.
How do I register?
You may register any time between now and November 7, 2017. We request that you take the sessions in sequence. A student should take Session 1 before taking Session 2, and take Sessions 1 and 2 before taking Session 3, etc.
(If you plan to register but cannot send your fee until November 7, you may send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will begin sending your class materials in October.)
Shedra is a Tibetan word meaning “place of teaching” that refers to the traditional educational program in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries among all four schools of Buddhism. Shedra participants may be ordained or lay students who attend these high-level courses in the Buddhist Philosophical University and upon completion one becomes a Khenpo or professor of Buddhism.
A general curriculum that is normally offered (from wiki):
The shedra at Namdroling Monastery (in Bylakuppe, India) includes specific phases of study with particular texts used in each phase. Commentaries by Ju Mipham or Khenpo Shenga may be used with each text. The phases and texts include:
- First year
- Training on the prātimokṣa, bodhisattva, and samaya vows using Treatise Ascertaining the Three Vows by Pema Wangyal
- Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra by Shantideva
- Grammar, Poetry, and History
- Second through fifth years
- Psychology using Abhidharmakosha by Vasubandhu, Abhidharmasamuccaya by Asanga, and Pramanavarttika by Dharmakirti
- Madhyamaka philosophy texts including Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, Chatuhshataka-shastrakarika (The Four Hundred Verses on the Middle Way) of Aryadeva, Madhyamakāvatāra, and Madhyamakalankara
- Upper phase
- Yogacara philosophy using the five treatises of Maitreya via Asanga, including Gyulama (Mahayanottaratantrashastra or Ratnagotravibhāga), Abhisamayalankara, Mahāyāna-sūtrālamkāra-kārikā, Madhyānta-vibhāga-kārikā (Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes) and Dharma-dharmatā-vibhāga (Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being)
- Additional study on the vows and monastic discipline
- Tantra phase for two or three years
- Specific tantras like the Guhyagarbha tantra
- Dzogchen commentaries like Yonten Dzod by Jigme Lingpa, Rangdrol Korsum (Trilogy of Self Liberation), and Ngelso Korsum (Trilogy of Resting)
- Additional study on the eight precepts of practice and related topics
If you are interested…a complete description of the program and how it is run, a biography of Khenpo Tenzin Norgay, and a link to registration can be found here:
For questions please contact: email@example.com