2015 Gorampa’s Abhidharma Commentary (Part 2)
2015 Burmese Abhidharma teachings
2015 Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend

Summer Program Canceled

Dear Friends It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the Summer Program Philosophy Courses for 2015 due to the damage caused to IBA by the recent earthquakes. Unfortunately the dormitory and library/office buildings have suffered severe damage and all other buildings have suffered some damage making them unsafe. The damage is being assessed by engineers. This will take several months so please be patient and check the…

Tuesday Earthquake

After Tuesday’s earthquake everyone at IBA is safe, but we are sleeping outside again. More damage has been done to the buildings, in particular the library block.  

IBA Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund




Well it is hard to believe I am sitting here in Nirs Toast coffee shop – the only place open and with Internet – tell you we have survived a 7.9 earthquake which is apparently the equivalent of 20 nuclear bombs in energy released. The quake has been massive and the ongoing aftershocks are scary as every time the ground shakes you think another big quake is coming. The time…

Two short videos on IBA


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

Drop of water

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…