Join Us for Fall Shedra!

The Essential Points of
The Treasury of the Abhidharma by Vasubandhu
November 5–30, 2012

The Vidyādhara Institute at Gampo Abbey is pleased to invite you to participate in a one-month study course on the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya (Treasury of the Abhidharma) by Vasubandhu. The Abhidharmakośabhāṣya is a standard text for the understanding of not only the Buddhist Abhidharma doctrines but of all the fundamental Buddhist doctrines in general.

This course auspiciously coincides with the publication of Gelong Lodrö Sangpo's annotated translation of this important text (4 volumes, 2898 pages; Motilal Banarsidass, 2012).

Lodrö Sangpo will teach the course using his new translation and will focus on the essential principles in terms of study as well as in terms of practice.

Prerequisites: Sūtrayāna seminary or having attended Nitartha Institute or a minimum of 2 years of Buddhist study plus a recommendation from your teacher/MI.

Schedule: You can expect four classes per week, with study periods and/or discussion groups. You will also participate in daily life at Gampo Abbey, which includes recitation of morning and evening liturgy, and engaging in service periods and meditation sessions.

Course dates: November 5–30, 2012 (arrival date: November 4 and departure date: December 1)

Fee: $1150 CAN (includes tuition and book, lodging, meals)

Application deadline: October 15, 2012

For more information, contact the Shedra Coordinator, Loden Nyima, at

To apply, fill out the following application form and email it to or fax it to 902-224-1521.

Application form for Fall Shedra

Once your application has been accepted, we will need a deposit of $250 to hold your place.

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