Summer Buddhist Studies Program

Comprehensive education in higher Buddhist Studies.

Experience a rare and precious opportunity.

2018 Program - July 1st to 27th
Know Your Mind

This year our summer Buddhist studies program delves into the meaning of compassion and wisdom in the Buddhist tradition. Explore the vast teachings of Buddhist philosophy and practice. The program will take you on a path to discover your mind and consciousness with all its dimensions and functions. We will use the 9thchapter of the Treasury of Precious Qualities by Jigme Lingpa as our main text to study.

The program is taught by Namchak Khenpo and Ven. Jetsunma Jamyang Palmo. It is suitable for both students new to Buddhism and intermediate students.

Students come from all over the world for this unforgettable experience, held at our beautiful Montana campus at the Garden of Thousand Buddhas.

Message from Sang-Ngag Rinpoche on the Institute (shedra)

I’ve been living in America for many years, and in those years, we’ve done a great amount of work. We created many representations of the Buddha as you can see in the Garden of a Thousand Buddhas. This was created as a place to bring people together, as a place of pilgrimage. The primary reason for gathering here is to study and practice the Dharma. The teachings of the Buddha are divided into those of scripture and those of realization. The dharma of scripture is the subject of shedra. I would like to say Tashi Delek and express my thanks to the Abbot of the shedra, Khen Rinpoche, the sponsor, and to all of you who are attending. The dharma of realization is that which is accomplished in your practice. Today, I am just finishing teachings on Yeshe Lama and in it there is a discussion of the bardo of becoming, in which it is said that hearing the teachings is of primary importance. Hearing, or study, is said to be the eliminator of the darkness of unaware ignorance. All of you should be working hard in study, contemplation, and meditation. We must accomplish the three—hearing, contemplation, and meditation. The text which we will be studying is the Treasury of Precious Qualities,a text which completely and unerringly presents the paths of the beings of three capacities and the nine vehicles, beginning with the exposition of the difficulty of attaining a human birth and continuing all the way to the Luminous Great Perfection. It will be very virtuous and beneficial if all who are attending the shedra don’t merely listen to the teachings, but ask questions and apply what you are learning to your practice as much as possible. In that way, our study and practice will be like a lamp which illuminates the darkness, like the sun rising to light the morning. Together with how the Dharma is spreading all over the west, we should join in and add to the spreading of the teachings and practice of the traditions of sutra and tantra and bring peace to this world. So, it is extremely important that we establish this shedra. We can practice on the basis of our hearing and cutting through our doubts and misunderstandings with contemplation. Without knowing anything, there can be no practice. This is really important, so keep it in mind. The spreading of the teachings is not just my responsibility. All of the students, with Khen Rinopche as their leader, should be applying themselves in these activities and reaping their fruits and should work hard to spread, hold, and sustain the teachings.’ - Sang-Ngag Rinpoche

Treasury of Precious Qualities

This text was taught by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Monastary every year as one of their most important texts to study.

Patrul Rinpoche said to hear one word of this text would place one on the path to great understanding and full realization of the Buddhist teachings.

The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

The school will be conducted at the majestic Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Montana, “the Bodhgaya of the West.” One may attend as either a residential or non-residential student.

Classes will be held 6 days a week Mon-Sat between 9:00am-5:30pm. Each day will consist of teaching sessions, practice and debate.

Classes will be taught by Khen Rinpoche and Ven. Jetsunma Jamyang Palmo.


This program is limited to 65 students, institute programs regularly sell out, so please register early to ensure your spot.

Tuition & Registration

Includes all teaching sessions, three meals a day and your accommodations of choice. A non-residential option is available which includes all teaching sessions and lunch.

This program is limited to 65 students, institute programs regularly sell out, so please register early to ensure your spot.

Financial aid is available on request. Students may also use a payment program and pay the tuition over an eighth month period with an initial $200 down payment. Students may also pay a $200 deposit to reserve a space at any accomodation level and pay remainder upon arrival.

Camping: $900 (includes indoor facilities)
Shared Room: $1200
Private Room: $1600
Offsite Commuter: $600
Online classes and video recordings (text teaching sessions only): $450
Day rate for locals: $20-$30 (contact us)