June 30 – July 28, 2017
The Ewam Buddhist Institute begins a 2 year program on the Mahayana section of Jigme Lingpa’s seminal text Treasury of Precious Qualities. This text is a definitive, detailed presentation of the entire Buddhist path. This is a comprehensive program taught by Namchak Khenpo suitable for both students new to Buddhism and intermediate students. The objective of this program is to give students expertise in all facets of Mahayana Buddhism and serves as a required pre-requisite for the future Vajrayana program. This text was taught by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Monastary every year and considered so valuable that his students wore it on their bodies. Patrul Rinpoche said to hear one word of this text would place one on the path to liberation and to study the whole text would lead to Buddhahood in this life. In 2016 the school completed the Hinayana section of the text to amazing reviews by the students.
New students may join the program in 2017 with some preparation and study of last years teachings. Last year’s recordings will be included for no additional fee for new registrants. For those who are pressed for time to listen to the recordings, what is important is to read the text (approx. 80 pages) thru the Hinayana section in order to have familiarity with the material. Last year was very foundational, this year we really get into the heart of the situation! No need to worry. There will also be a study guide to help students follow the key points, and in the spring, Namchak Khenpo will be available for questions. Upon successful completion, graduates will earn a certificate ‘Holder of the Treasury of Qualities of the Two Truths’. In 2017, the program will add more sessions such as debate. Because of this, certificates will only be offered for those attending in person. Online classes will be offered as a non-certificate option, but limited solely to the text portions of the teachings.
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 8:00am-5:30pm. Each day will consist of teaching sessions, practice and debate. The only requisite is that one has the formal Buddhist vows, for those who do not already have, they will be offered during the program on July 1st with a complete explanation. This program is limited to 65 students, institute programs regularly sell out, so please register early to ensure your spot.