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Dura – Foundation of Buddhist Philosophy

Teacher: Geshe Jampa Kunchog

Dura (བསྡུས་གྲྭ་) is the fundamental study text in Buddhist philosophy. It explains in detail all key concepts used throughout the whole study program of Tibetan Buddhist monastic universities. This is the closest you can get to the essential core of Buddhist thought – a very rare subject to learn anywhere outside of monastic universities.

Dura provides essential definitions for philosophical concepts, their synonyms and antonyms, divisions of their sets and subsets, as well as other relations among them.

While offering intellectual clarity on Buddhist philosophy, the study of the Dura is also fun and exciting, partly because Geshe Jampa’s ability to create a relaxed and inquisitive atmosphere, and partly because each lesson opens brand new horizons on Buddhist philosophy.

Geshe Jampa Kunchog is a highly qualified, awarded scholar with decades of academic experience. Moreover, he is also a Westerner, which makes him uniquely beneficial for Buddhist students outside of Tibetan culture. Each new class presents a new adventure, gradually developing both the student’s understanding of philosophical concepts, as well as their critical thinking abilities.

The Buddhist Philosophy module includes the following weekly classes:

One theory class taught by a Geshe from Sera Jey monastic university
Three debate classes supervised by a teacher
Two Student Sessions
At the end of the year, there will be examinations and a certificate for successfully completing the course.