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Online Course: Essence of Mahayana
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Online Course: Essence of Mahayana

LIVE ONLINE COURSE 30 June to 27 October – every Wednesday, 17:00 - 18:30 CET* 

Are you interested in making sense and getting to the essence of the vast and elaborate Mahayana Buddhist teachings?

The ‘Essence of the Mahayana’ course is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the Buddhist teachings as a whole and particularly in the Great Vehicle (Mahayana) teachings. This course is aimed at  giving students a comprehensive and complete picture or panoramic view of the Mahayana using adapted study tools, contemplations and clarifications.

Every yana or vehicle of teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha whether it is the Foundation Vehicle or Theravada, Mahayana or Vajrayana  can be explained in terms of Ground, Path, and Fruition. This course will use that same structure providing us with a comprehensive way of understanding the logic of practising Buddhism, clear away misunderstandings and help to complete our understanding of Dharma in general and the Mahayana in particular. 

“What I particularly liked about this course was that we really touched on all the Mahayana topics in a structured way but not by following one specific text. Instead Khenpo Sonam Tsewang drew on many different classical texts to frame and support his teachings.”

   Feedback from a participant of the course

MAHAYANA: This category of courses and events is based on the ‘Great Vehicle’ (Mahayana) of Buddhism and starts to explore the central practice of bodhichitta—the altruistic wish to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings. This approach entails training in love and compassion to the fullest extent as well as developing profound insight into the ultimate nature of reality, or shunyata. These teachings and practices can be of great practical value to anybody, regardless of whether they wish to be Buddhist or not, but they also form the heart of formally following the Buddhist path.

Open to everyone. Especially for those who are interested in a complete overview of the Mahayana. This course is limited to 100 participants.

Translation: This course will be held in English only

Dates of the sessions:
Wednesday 30 June 
Thursday* 8 July, Wednesday 14 July, Thursday* 22 July, Wednesday 28 July 
Wednesday 4, 11, 18, 25 August
Wednesday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September
Wednesday 6, 13, 20, 27 October
*exceptionally two sessions will be held on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. 

The sessions will be held on zoom. The zoom link will be available on this page after registration. You are asked to attend every session of the course. 
You can choose your contribution:
  • Suggested contribution:  125 €
  • If you want to give more:  220 €
  • If you have less means:  75 €

About the Teacher

Khenpo Sonam Tsewang is a Khenpo at Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, the advanced centre for Buddhist philosophical study at Namdroling Monastery, Bylakkuppe, India. He graduated in higher Buddhist studies from Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, India, and also from Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, Namdroling. He received the “Lopön” degree from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the year 2010 and was enthroned as a “Khenpo” at Namdroling Monastery in 2011 by His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche.

Khenpo is known to many Rigpa students as the translator for Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche with whom he travels extensively. Khenpo Sonam is known to have a deep understanding of western practitioners and has a great skill in presenting teachings in a uniquely clear way that connects traditional teachings to a western audience.