Tsoknyi Gechak Ling Shedra

Tsoknyi Gechak Ling Shedra offers a lengthy and detailed course of study in Buddhist philosophy.  The shedra follows the curriculum of Namdroling’s Ngagyur Nyingma Institute.  Students follow a nine-year program.  During the first four years the course covers five large Madhyamaka texts, two Abhidharma texts, three Tibetan language texts and several minor ones.  In the fifth and sixth year, the course deals with the five works of Maitreya, Dharmakirti’s Pramana Vritti, an extensive study of the Six Perfections with more emphasis on the Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) and many other texts. The last three years of study is the Higher Tantra Course and includes Guna Prabha’s Vinaya treatise, Guhya Garbha Tantra, Longchenpa and Jigmed Lingpa’s works as well as Vinaya texts. The academic year runs from the beginning of the 2nd Tibetan month to the end of the 11th Tibetan month. Tsoknyi Gechak Ling’s shedra currently has two class groups. The first group graduated in the spring of 2020 and the second in 2021.