Academic Curriculum

LOWER SUTRA COURSE - 1st year

Major Subjects:
1.   Domsum Narmnge (Ascertaining the Three Vows)Panchen Pema Wangyel
2.   Commentary,"Rigzin Jugngog" (The Track of Vidyadharas)Khenpo Yönten Gyatso
3.   Bodhisattvacharyavatara (Engaging in the conducts of Bodhisattva)Acharya Shantideva
4.   Annotated Commentary  Shenphen Nangwa


Minor Subjects:
5.   Lungtenpai Tsawa Sumchupa (Tibetan Grammar; "Thirty Verses")Thumi Sambota
6.   Commentary, "Norbui Melong" (Mirror of Gems) Or Khenpo Tsundrue
     Commentary, "Trulgi Demig" (Miraculous Key)Shenphen Thaye
7.   Mula Sarvastivadin Sramanera Karika (Verses on the Precepts of Novice)Acharya Nargajuna
8.   Commentary, "Norbui Trengwa" (Rosary of Gems)Mipham Rinpoche
9.   Vishekhastava (Praise of Distinction to the Buddha)Udbhatasiddhaswami
10. Commentary Prajna Varma
11. Tagrig (Dialectical Syllogism) Khenpo Tsundrue
12. History of Nyingma Teachings (Part I)  Dudjom
13. English Language


LOWER SUTRA COURSE — 2nd year

Major Subjects:
1.   Madhyamakalankara Karika (The Ornament of the Middle Way)Acharya Shantarakshita
2.   Commentary, "Jamyang Lama Gyepai Shellung"
(Words of the delighted Master Manjugosha)
Mipham
3.   Khepai Tsulla Jugpai Go (Entrance to the Ways of the Wise)Mipham


Minor Subiects:
4.   Yidshin Zöth Drubdue
(Condensed Tenet Concepts from the Treasury of Wish-fulfilling Gem)
Mipham
5.   Datroeth Taggi Jugpa      (Tibetan Grammar, "The Conjugation of Genders" )Thumi Sambota
6.   Commentary, "Norbui Melong" (Mirror of Gems) Khenpo Tsundrue

Commentary, "Trulgi Demig" (Miraculous Key)
Shenphen Thaye
7.   Tibetan Political History (Until Trisöng's Reign)Dudjom
8.   History of Nyingma Teachings (Part II and III)Dudjom
9.   English Language


LOWER SUTRA COURSE — 3rd year

Major Subjects:
1.   Madhyamakavatara (Entering the Middle Way)Acharya Chandrakirti
2.   CommentaryAcharya Chandrakirti
3.   Madhyamaka Prajna Mula Karika
(Root Verses on the Middle Way called Wisdom)
Acharya Nagarjuna
4.   Annotated CommentaryShenphen Nangwa
5.   Catur Sataka Karika (Four Hundred Verses on the Middle Way)Acharya Aryadeva
6.   Annotated Commentary Shenphen Nangwa
Minor Subiects:
7.   Pramana Nyaya Prabhesha (Door to Dialectical Logic)Acharya Dignaga
8.   Dben Natmige Sherub Ralch (Ascertaining the facts called Sword of Wisdom)Mipham
9.   Kabyadarsha (First half of the middle chapter)
(Treatise on Poetry & Composition called Mirror)
Acharya Dandi
10. Commentary Mipham
11. Tibetan Political History (From Trisöng's reign to Langdar's reign)Dudjom
12. History of Nyingma Teachings (Part IV)Dudjom
13. English Language


LOWER SUTRA COURSE — 4th year

Major Subjects:
1.   Abhidharma Kosa Karika (Treasury of Explicit Teachings)Acharya Vasubhandu
2.   Commentary, "Rinchen Doshel" (Jewel Necklace) Or Mipham Rinpoche
     Annotated CommentaryShenphen Nangwa
3.   Pramana Vartika (2nd Chapter) (Interpretative Treatise on Valid Cognition)Acharya Dharmakirti
4.   Commentary," Legshed Nangwai Ter" (The Treasury of Illustrious Saying)Mipham


Minor Subjects:
5.   Pratimoksha Sutra (Sutra of Individual Liberation)Lord Buddha
6.   Annotated CommentaryShenphen Nangwa
7.   Sherub Luedrelpa Ketaka (Commentary on the Wisdom Chapter called Ketaka)Mipham
8.   Biography of Palyul Throne-HoldersLama Jampel Zangpo
9.   Kabyadarsha (Second half of the middle chapter)
(Treatise on Poetry & Composition called Mirror)
Acharya Dandi
10. CommentaryMipham
11. Tibetan Political History (From Langdar's reign to the end)Dudjom
12. History of Nyingma Teachings (Part V)Dudjom
13. English Language


HIGHER SUTRA COURSE—5th year

Major Subjects:
1.   Mahayana Uttara Tantra Karika (Supreme Teachings on the Greater Vehicle)Lord Maitreya
2.   CommentaryShenphen Nangwa
3.   Tongthun Sengei Ngaro (Exegesis on the Sugata Garbha called, "Lion's Roar")Mipham
4.   Sutralankara Karika (The Ornament of Sutras)Lord Maitreya
5.   Commentary, "Thegchog Duetsie Gatöen"
(The Feast of Ambrosia of the Greater Vehicle)
Mipham
6.   Pramana Vartika (1st Chapter)
(Interpretative Treatise on Valid Cognition)
Acharya Dharmakirti
7.   Commentary, "Legshed Nangwai Ter" (The Treasury of Illustrious Saying)Mipham


Minor Subjects:
8.   Ngeshe Drönme (Lamp of Definite Understanding)Mipham
9.   Commentary Khenpo Kunpal or Troshu Jamdor
10. History of Nyingma Teachings (Part VI)Dudjom
11. English Language


HIGHER SUTRA COURSE — 6th year

Major Subjects:
1.   Abhisamayalankara Karika (The Ornament of the Explicit Realization)Lord Maitreya
2.   Commentary called "Clear Meaning" Acharya Haribhadra
3.   Exegesis on Abhisamayalankara Karika Patrul
4.   Pramana Vartika (3rd Chapter) (Interpretative Treatise on Valid Cognition)Acharya Dharmakirti
5.   Commentary, "Legshed Nangwai Ter" (The Treasury of Illustrious SayingMipham


Minor Subjects:
6.   Madhyanta Vibhanga Karika (Distinguishing the Middle and Extremes)Lord Maitreya
7.   Annotated Commentary Mipham/Shenphen Nangwa
8.   Dharmadharmata Vibhanga Karika (Distinguishing the Phenomena and Reality)Lord Maitreya
9.   Commentary Mipham / Shenphen Nangwa
10. History of Nyingma Teachings (Part VII &VIII) Dudjom
11. English Language


TANTRA COURSE — 7th year
1.   Vinaya Sutra Karika (Upper Section) (Verses on Vinaya Discipline)Acharya Guna Prabha
2.   Annotated Commentary Shenphen Nangwa
3.   Pramana Vartika (IVth Chapter) (Interpretative Treatise on Valid Cognition)Acharya Dharmakirti
4.   Commentary, "Legshed Nangwai Ter" (The Treasury of Illustrious Saying)Mipham
5.   Yönten Rinpochei Zoeth Gawai Chhar
(Treasury of Good Qualities called "Shower of Joy"
Jigmed Lingpa
6.   Commentary, "Nyimai Odser & Dawai Odser"
(The Rays of the Moon & The Rays of the Sun)
Khenpo Yönten Gyatso
7.   Sang Nying Chidön "Odsel Nyingpo"
(Essence of Clear Light; an exegesis on Guhyagarbha tantra)
Mipham
8.   Commentary on Abhiprayasamaja tantra
(Esoteric Doctrine of Condensed Divine Thoughts) 
Khenpo Nueden
9.   English Language


TANTRA COURSE — 8th year
1.   Vinaya Sutra Karika (Lower Section) (Verses on Vinaya Discipline)Acharya Guna Prabha
2.   Commentary Shenphen Nangwa
3.   Nangwa Lhadrup (Establishing the Appearance as the Divinity)Rongzompa
4.   Men Ngag Tatreng (Rosary of Instructions on the Views)Padmasambhava
5.   Yidshin Rinpochei Zöth (Treasury of Wish fulfilling Gems)Longchenpa
6.   Yidshin Zöth Rangdrel, "Pema Karpo" (Commentary, "White Lotus") OrLongchenpa
Annotated CommentaryShenphen Nangwa
7.   Sang Nying Chidön, "Zothki Demig" (Key to the Treasury; an exegesis on Guhyagarbha tantra) Dodup Tenpai Nyima
8.   English Language


TANTRA COURSE — 9th year
1.   Dzogpa Chenpo Sem Nyid Nyalso (Relaxing in the Reality of Mind; exposition on the teachings of the Great Perfection) Longchenpa
2.   Commentary Longchenpa
3.   Kagyed Namshed, "Ngödrup Nyingpo" (Explanation of Eight Pronouncement called "The Heart of Accomplishment")Mipham
4.   Kyerim Ögmin Dröthpai Themke (Instructions on the Development Stage called the Steps to Akanistha Heaven) Jimed Lingpa
5.   Sögdom Zershie Menngag (The Instructions on the Four Rivets of Meditation) Patrul
6.   Dzogpa Chenpo Rangdröl Korsum (Treatise on the Great Perfection called "The Trilogy of Self Liberation") Longchenpa
7. English Language