We are very happy to announce that His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche taught Year 3 of The Complete Path at IBA from August 15 to September 4. The topics were the Preliminary Practices (Ngondro) and Hevajra Cause empowerment.
To qualify, you must have either
- completed TCP Years 1 and 2, OR
- completed TCP Year 1 and received Lamdre.
Both Years 1 and 2 can be studied online. If you would like details about this, please email us at the address given above.
Please note that there will be no online course offered for Year 3 as students must receive the Hevajra cause empowerment to receive the teachings. The empowerment can only be taken in person from the teacher, not via the internet.
Students who have already received Lamdre, including the Hevajra cause empowerment and Ngondro teaching, are granted an exemption from Year 3, but His Holiness has said he will ask such students to complete certain commitments if they wish to continue with The Complete Path program. His Holiness will announce these commitments during the teaching at IBA in August.
Proposed daily program for The Complete Path teachings 完整法道教学的暂定日程
IBA, August 14 to September 4, 2019 8月15日至9月4日
|Time 时间||Place 地点||Activity 活动|
|Morning prayers, in Tibetan
|Breakfast (IBA residents)
|12 noon||Dining hall and basketball court
|3.30pm||Dining hall and basketball court
|4.30-5.30pm||Third floor above the dining room
|Dinner (IBA residents)
|Private study or meditation
Each Sunday will be a rest day 周日休息
Pre-Reading for the Yr 3 Teaching
Lama Choedak Rinpoche’s translation of Clear Lamp on the Path to Liberation provides details of the Skaya Ngondro practice. It can be purchased via firstname.lastname@example.org. The book is 685 pages, hard bound and costs US$45, plus postage.
Here is the foreword to the book, written by HH Ratna Vajra Rinpoche.
YEAR 2, 2018
In 2018, The Complete Path will be offered at IBA from 7th to 29th September.
The topic to be taught is The Beautiful Ornament of the Three Visions by Ngorchen Khönchog Lhundrup.
This text is taught in preparation for the Vajrayana path, being the meditation manual for the path according to the Lamdré cycle of teachings. It covers all practices from going for refuge and bodhicitta up to the cultivation of calm abiding and special insight, culminating in a description of the qualities of enlightenment manifesting with the perfection of these practices.
For information about registration and fees, please email us at email@example.com
If you attended TCP at IBA in 2017 and cannot attend during the above dates, please look at information concerning our partner centres in Europe, USA and Asia, as some of them will offer the teaching during the northern summer. This information will be posted as it becomes available at http://internationalbuddhistacademy.org/tcp-partner-centres/
You can also contact the centres directly.
Accommodation – there is a limited number of basic rooms available at IBA, single or double, with shared bathrooms. If you would like a room at IBA you need to register as soon as you can
Translations – during the 2017 teaching we offered simultaneous translations in Chinese, Nepali and Spanish. IBA will continue to organise Chinese and Nepali translations while groups needing other languages need to organise and cover the costs of their own translator.
Proposed daily schedule for TCP 2018
|6.15am||Shrine room||Morning prayers, in Tibetan|
|7-7.30am||Dining hall||Breakfast (IBA residents)|
|8-9am||Third floor above the dining room
|12 noon||Dining hall and basketball court||Lunch|
|2pm||Shrine hall||Review teaching|
|3.30pm||Dining hall and basketball court||Afternoon tea|
|4-5pm||Shrine hall||Shamata meditation|
|6.30pm||Dining hall||Dinner (IBA residents)|
|7.30pm||Own room||Private study or meditation|
|10pm||Own room||Lights out|
Lamdre and Year 2:
HH Ratna Vajra Rinpoche has given permission for those who have attended a full Lamdre teaching to not attend the TCP Year 2 teaching, as the Three Visions text is addressed during Lamdre. However, during the TCP Year 2 teaching, this text will be covered in much greater detail, so to improve your understanding you will benefit from attending the teaching in 2018 even if you have previously attended Lamdre.