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Syllabus

The seven modules relate to the three Snow Lion books of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. Volume one (small and medium scope) is covered in modules one and two, and volume two (The Spirit of Enlightenment) in modules three and four.

 

A whole year of study is given to volume three, Lama Tsongkapa’s teachings on serenity and insight, his definitive work on emptiness.

Year 1

Module 1: Small scope to refuge

Volume 1, chapters 1 -12
Includes relying on the teacher, meditation, precious human rebirth, death, refuge.

Module 2: Karma, suffering, and medium scope

Volume 1, chapters 13 - 24
Includes karma, suffering, twelve factors of dependent origination, three trainings.

Module 3: The Spirit of Enlightenment

Volume 2, chapters 1 - 6
Includes compassion, seven point cause and effect, exchanging self and other, maintaining spirit of enlightenment.

Year 2

Module 4: The Spirit of Enlightenment

Volume 2, chapters 7 - 15
Includes  an introduction to the  six perfections and each of the six perfections.

Module 5: Serenity and insight

Volume 3, chapters 1 -11
Includes serenity, focusing the mind, dependent arising and emptiness.

Module 6: Rational analysis

Volume 3, chapters 12 - 17
Includes rational analysis, valid establishment, conventional existence.

Year 3

Module 7: Prasangika distinction

Volume 3, chapters 18 - 27
Includes Svatantrika/Prasangika distinction, analysing a chariot, unity of insight and serenity.

 

More about The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.
More about Lama Tsongkhapa.

 

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