Short Dharma Courses

These courses aim to provide opportunities for learning the Dharma, for students who are keen in gaining a deeper understanding of the Buddha's Teaching but who do not have the time to take up long courses.

Depending on the schedules and availability of teachers, KIBS organizes and hosts courses of varying lengths on regular and holiday weekends. Courses may be introductory or more advanced and can include subjects of Sutra or Tantra, and possibly various initiations or commentaries on specific practices.

All courses are residential with accommodation and food provided. Daily course schedule includes sessions of teachings, discussion and meditation.

Visitors can check the Institute's program for details on individual courses and any prerequisites that may be necessary.

Buddhist Short Dharma Courses Year 2014
Program Name Conducted by Date
3 Days Chenrezig Teaching and Meditation Retreat Ven. Sang Sang Rinpoche 25 Oct - 27 Oct 2014
6 Days Mahakala Teaching and Meditation Retreat Ven. Dupsing Rinpoche 4 Nov - 10 Nov 2014
7 Days Shamatha Teaching and Meditation Retreat (According to Mahamudra Lineage) Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 24 Nov - 30 Nov 2014
7 Days Chod Teaching and Meditation Retreat Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 8 - 12 Dec 2014

7 Days Mahakala Teaching & Meditation Retreat

Date: 6 Nov - 12 Nov 2015

Led by Ven. Dupsing Rinpoche

In Vajrayana practice, every practitioner embarking onto the path of ultimate enlightenment must engage in the Three Roots practice of Guru (source of blessings), Deities (source of Siddhi) and Dharma Protectors (source of fulfillment of activities). In Karma Kagyud tradition, Mahakala is regarded as the most revered enlightened dharma protector of the lineage. All lineage masters and their fortunate faithful followers believe that Mahakala is no different from the manifestation of Karmapa himself. Many Karmapas declared that Mahakala and Karmapa himself are inseparable. Thus, practitioners endeavor themselves in the prayers of Mahakala in order to receive blessings and to clear obstacles along the spiritual path. In our tradition, by regarding both Guru and Mahakala as inseparable, not only will one be protected along the spiritual path but also receive the blessings directly from the Guru, thus sealing the guru-disciple relationship deeper.

Mahakala has several forms, each with different qualities and aspects. He is also an emanation of Avalokiteshvara in the wrathful form in order to subdue degenerate beings. The most notable variation in Mahakala's manifestations and depictions is in the number of arms. Four-armed Mahakalas are the primary protectors of Kagyudpas and Black Cloak Mahakala (Bernagchen) is the main protector of Karma Kagyud lineage. It is mentioned in the prayers,

"Whoever just by recollecting you in one's mind, is bestowed with desired accomplishment without exception. Dharma protectors who are like the special wish-fulfilling gems, Kindly assist us in the fulfillment of our wishes."

The fundamental practice of the mind training is the tonglen meditation that takes in others' sorrow on the in-breath and sends to them all the joy on the out-breath. In the training process, unfavorable circumstances whether internal or external that cause misery or upset the mind will be transformed into factors conducive for happiness. Every circumstance that we come across in our daily life becomes an opportunity for us to develop the awakening mind.

Program Highlights

  • Oral transmission of the sadhana
  • Daily teachings of the practice and the ritual
  • Guided group meditation and practice of Mahakala

Apply For This Retreat

1 - Download Registration Form

To register, please download the registration form (word doc), then fill out the form.

Download Registration Form for Retreat

2 - Email Completed Registration Form

Once completed please submit the registration form via email to: info@kirtipur.org or admin.kibs@gmail.com

Shamatha Teaching & Meditation Retreat

In accordance with Mahamudra Lineage

Date: 24 Nov - 30 Nov 2015

Led by: Ven Shangpa Rinpoche

The practice of Shamatha (Tibetan: Shinay) or Calm Abiding meditation is an essential and important practice for one who seeks realisation on the true nature of mind. The attainment of meditative concentration through the practice of Shamatha meditation forms a vital basis for one to progress to Vipassana (Tibetan: Lhatong) or insight meditation. The development of transcendental wisdom and ultimate realisation of the mind nature through the perfection of insight meditation liberates us from inner delusions and resulting sufferings.

In this retreat, the focus will be on the practice of Shamatha meditation. Rinpoche will offer concise explanations and practical guided instructions on the Mahamudra approach to develop Shamatha meditation basing on two important texts in the lineage namely "Ocean of Certainty" (Tibetan Ngedon Gyamtso) by the 9th Karmapa Wangchug Dorje and "The Moonlight-Quintessence of Mind and Meditation".

Guru Yoga is the key to the success of all practices. It is said in our short lineage prayers that devotion is the head of meditation and the Lama is the one who opens the door to the treasure of quintessential instructions towards the realisation of mind nature. Rinpoche will start this retreat by drawing inspiration from the introduction of the lineage Gurus followed by giving instructions and oral transmission on the practice of the 16th Karmapa Guru Yoga. Students will be expected to commit to this daily Guru Yoga practice during this retreat.

Personal and group practices are the emphasis for this retreat with opportunities for all to clarify doubts in one's practice.

Students who have attended the introductory course to Mahamudra in the previous year will find this retreat beneficiary as more detailed practical explanations to these introductory teachings will be offered.

Since sustained personal practice is key to progress on the path and practice commitments is an integral part of this retreat. Students who are committed to this practice will be able to progress to the next level of the teaching and practice in the following years (for at least 3 to 5 years).

Apply For This Retreat

1 - Download Registration Form

To register, please download the registration form (word doc), then fill out the form.

Download Registration Form for Retreat

2 - Email Completed Registration Form

Once completed please submit the registration form via email to: info@kirtipur.org or admin.kibs@gmail.com

7 Days Chod Meditation Retreat

Introduction to the practice of Chod

Date: 8 Dec - 12 Dec 2014

Led by: Ven Shangpa Rinpoche

The essence of Chod practice is to develop the perfection of Wisdom.

During the second sermon, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni gave the Prajnaparamita teaching to his followers. The essence of his teaching was to develop the perfect wisdom of Enlightenment. Later on, the Indian saint Dampa Sangye and a Tibetan great master Machig Labdron introduced a unique method of cutting ego clinging instantly based on the essence of the Prajnaparamita teaching. In Tibetan, this practice is called Chod.

This practice then flourished and spread throughout the entire Himalayan region. In Tibet, the practitioners of the Chod practice established the Shijed Tradition. Many masters practised Chod and attained Enlightenment within one lifetime. One of the main lineage holders in the later years was the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. Through His Holiness, the lineage of Shijed flowed into the Karma Kagyud tradition. It is extensively practiced in the monasteries and hermitages of the Karma Kagyud practitioners.

Chod is a method using a drum and a bell and has been practiced for centuries. The combination of the nice melody of the chanting and the instruments makes the whole atmosphere blessed. It is a method for healing and cutting through the root of defilement, that is the ego clinging or the attachment to self and phenomena and all the subsequent defilements such as hatred, desire, pride, fear, fixation and ignorance; that arise from it.

Benefits of the practice

The main practice of Chod is to recognise the defilements of ego clinging, attachment to oneself and phenomena, which obstruct the Path to Enlightenment. The practice awakens one's awareness of the pure nature of emotions and the emptiness of mental obscuration, thus rid one of the roots defilements of HATRED, DESIRE and IGNORANCE.

The practice is also a powerful tool for accumulating merits because one practices the generosity of offering one's body to the objects of Refuge, Lamas, Meditational Deities, Dakinis, Protectors, as well as to the gods, spirits and to many other beings to whom we owe karmic debts.

Program Highlights

  • Oral transmission and detailed explanation of the practice as well as the use of the Damaru, bell and instruments.
  • Guided group meditation and practice of Chod

Apply For This Retreat

1 - Download Registration Form

To register, please download the registration form (word doc), then fill out the form.

Download Registration Form for Retreat

2 - Email Completed Registration Form

Once completed please submit the registration form via email to: info@kirtipur.org or admin.kibs@gmail.com

Archive of Previous Short Dharma Courses

Courses - 2013/12
Program Name Conducted by Date
7 Days Teaching and Meditation Retreat - Mahakala Meditation Retreat Ven. Dupsing Rinpoche 26 Oct - 1 Nov 2013
The Seven Points of Mind Training - 3 Days Meditation Retreat and Teaching Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 7 - 9 Nov 2013
5 Days Teaching and Meditation Retreat - Chod Retreat Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 11 - 15 Nov 2013
5 Days Teaching and Meditation Retreat - Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation (Based on Tilopa's Ganges Mahamudra) Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 25 - 29 Nov 2013
Courses - 2011/12
Program Name Conducted by Date
1 Day Dharma Sharing by Ven. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche - The Four Dharmas of Gampopa Ven. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche 9 Nov 2012
Courses - 2010/11
Program Name Conducted by Date
5 Days in-depth teaching on Atisha "Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment" Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 21 Nov - 25 Nov 2011
Courses - 2009/10
Program Name Conducted by Date
The Golden Kagyu Lineage - Teachings on the Biographies and Songs of the Kagyu Lineage Masters Ven Shangpa Rinpoche 15-19 Dec 2009
Teaching Retreat on 'Milarepa Guru Yoga' (includes Empowerment, Oral Transmission and instructions) Ven Shangpa Rinpoche 22-25 Dec 2009
'Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment' (Atisha) Khenpo Ramesh 18-22 Jan 2010
Milarepa's Songs on Madhyamika View Khenpo Ramesh 25-29 Jan 2010
7 Days Meditation Course: 'The Stages of Meditation' (Kamalashila) Khenpo Ramesh 04-10 Feb 2010
Introduction to Buddha Nature Tathagatagarbha Khenpo Ramesh 11-15 Feb 2010
Program Name Conducted by Date
5 Days Basic Meditation Course Khenpo Tsultrim Tharchin 06 Nov - 10 Nov 2010
7 Days Teaching "Creation (Kyerim) & Completion (Dzogrim)" Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche 29 Nov - 05 Dec 2010
Tibetan Language Course Upon Request
Courses - 2008/9
Program Name Duration / Date
'The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment' by Lord Atisha
and
'The Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra' by HH 3 Karmapa
24 Nov 08 - 21 Dec 08
'The Essence of Dependent Origination' by Acharya Nagarjuna 09 Feb 09 - 15 Feb 09
'37 Practices of Bodhisattva' by Thogme Zangpo 16 Feb 09 - 22 Feb 09
'The Stages of Meditation' by Acharya Kamalashila 05 Mar 09 - 11 Mar 09
Courses - 2007/8
Program Name Date
7 Days Meditation Course on 'The Stages of Meditation' 18 Oct - 24 Oct 07
Meditation Retreat and Teaching on 'The Seven Points of Mind Training' 03 Dec - 09 Dec 07
Nagarjuna's 'Letter to a Friend' 21 Feb - 01 Mar 08
'Distinguishing the Dharma and Dharmadhatu' 03 Mar - 09 Mar 08
Courses (2006/2007)
Program Name Date
The Stages of Meditation 9 Oct - 19 Oct 06
Introductory Course on Sanskrit 11 Dec - 16 Dec 06
The Seven Points of Mind Training 26 Dec - 31 Dec 06
Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend 16 Jan - 10 Feb 07
Courses (2005/2006)
Program Name Date
Distinguishing Between Consciousness and Wisdom (Namshe Yeshe) 05 Jan - 03 Feb 05
The Stages of Meditation 12 Sep – 21 Seo 05
The Two Truths and Heart Sutra 12 Dec – 17 Dec 05
Tathagatagarbha 02 Jan - 06 Jan 06
The Seven Point of Mind Training 6 Feb - 11 Feb 06