Curriculum

The curriculum at Lhundrub Chime Gatsal Ling follows that established at Garje Khamzhung Monastery under the guidance of Khenpo Jampel Dorje and Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche.

To help foster quick and clear intelligence, the monks will first be taught A Commentary on Gang Loma by the Lord Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Then, so they might recognize the difference between Buddhists and non-Buddhists and understand what it means for a Buddhist to go for refuge, the peerless Jowo Je Atisha’s commentary on the verse of refuge (which begins ‘To the Buddha, the Dharma and the supreme community…’) will be taught. Then, to arouse in the students the wish to definitively emerge from cyclic existence, Paltrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher will be studied. Next, to render the student’s mind pliant and receptive, Khenpo Kunpal’s great commentary on Shantideva’s masterpiece, Way of the Bodhisattva, will be taught. Then, so the monks know what is permitted by their monastic, bodhisattva and mantra vows and understood how the different spiritual approaches fit together, the Wish-Fulfilling Ear (the great commentary on Ngari Panchen Rinpoche’s Ascertaining the Three Vows) will be taught. To ensure the students grasp the distinctive features of secret mantra, Chokgyur Lingpa’s terma revelation The Light of Wisdom: Stages of the Path of Wisdom Essence, and its commentary will be taught.

Then, the great treatises of Buddhist philosophy will be studied in a set order, beginning with the Perfection of Wisdom, and moving on to the Middle Way, Abhidharma, Vinaya and Pramana. Their course of study will culminate in their study of the Omniscient Longchenpa’s Seven Treasuries. By offering such profound and detailed instructions it is hoped the monks will make great effort year after year until eventually they and the teaching become inseparable.