2015 Gorampa’s Abhidharma Commentary (Part 2)

Gorampa’s Abhidharma Commentary Part Two Wednesday 2 to Wednesday 30 September 2015 The Abhidharma teachings are a detailed and systematic analysis of phenomena, comprising both the outer world of our surroundings and the inner world of our experience, and their relationship. They examine the phenomenal world on the relative level of experience from the point of view of enlightened beings, thus establishing the foundation for authentic Buddhist practice. In this…

2015 Burmese Abhidharma teachings

4-day Abhidharma Teachings A Burmese Perspective Monday 5 to Thursday 8 October 2015 In this four-day course, Ven. Dhammadipa will explain the foundations of Buddhist practice as taught in the Abhidharma tradition of the Burmese forest monasteries, analysing how this perspective can be supplemented by the Mahayana Abhidharma. Relevant for a deeper understanding of the basis and methods of purification, this short course will be of particular interest to students…

2015 Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend

Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend or “Suhrllekha” Monday 3 to Friday 28 August 2015 Nagarjuna (c. 150 – c. 250 CE) is widely considered as one of the most important Buddhist philosophers after Gautama Buddha. Along with his disciple Aryadeva, he is considered to be the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana Buddhism. Nagarjuna is also credited with developing the philosophy of the Prajñaparamita sutras. Nagarjuna’s primary contribution to…

2015 Retreats

IBA will offer two Retreats in 2015 both led by Venerable Dhammadipa. 15 days Shamata Retreat Program Friday 9 to Friday 23 October 2015 “Only a calm and focused mind can see things as they really are.” Shamata ‘calm abiding’ refers to a state of mind free of defilements, clear, calm and focused. Such a mind is necessary in the pursuit of wisdom, which is the only tool to overcome…