The logic and the debate-approach to pedagogy for the study of Buddhism.
The dialectic for the study and learning of phenomena
Starting from the teachings of the Buddha up to the current ones and mainly to the teachings of the Dalai Lama, listeners are invited to assume as true or wrong any statement within the teachings, not driven by blind faith, but on the contrary, by a faith / trust established on the basis of a careful analysis which allows you to match what has been heard to the known reality, in order to determine its truthfulness or falsehood.
It is only in this way that listening to the teachings can effectively become a path that helps us evolve and improve.
In the Buddhist academic world philosophy and psychology base their system of study and observation on logical analysis and dialectical method which once learned can be extended to any situation in life that involves the action of “thinking” and not only to the study of texts strictly Buddhists.
In order to make this interesting aspect of Buddhist education known and learned, the Institute together with Atisha Mathur offer a three-year study program, with alternating periods of intensive retreats at the Institute once or twice a year and online study supported by a tutor and the teacher’s contributions.
The first year based on the text Dudra, or Collection of Topics – a collection of relevant terms and concepts in Buddhist studies – and the second year based on the text Lorig will start in 7 February 2024.
The content of the text is not in any way religious; it is rather a classification of our phenomenal world in different ways, specifically adapted for dialectic.
Later on, the curriculum will be based on other fundamental texts, namely Tarig.
How the program unfolds
The program is structured to be followed mainly online with the help of an e-learning platform (Moodle) with an integrated webinar (Zoom).
It is designed to be agile, dynamic and to create daily interaction between participants .... (continue reading) >>>
Course fee and registration
Registration will close on March 31, 2024.
Applications received after this date, but not after March, will be taken in consideration for admission. In this case the student will have to commit to catch up with the material already presented by listening to the audio recordings and the texts assigned as support available online.
The content of the program and the teaching require that the student should apply effort in the study as well as in a continual daily practice from the beginning. (continue reading) >>>
The teacher and the tutor
Atisha Mathur grew up in New Delhi where he completed his basic studies.
Atisha Mathur grew up in New Delhi where he completed his schooling. After school he did his undergraduate degree in Languages and Literature of South Asia focused on Tibetan studies from the Orientale in Napoli in 2008.
He then studied for two years in the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, Varanasi where he was first exposed to the traditional aprroach to Buddhist studies. Thanks to the kindness of his Teachers, a strong wish to pursue traditional studies resulted in moving to the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala in 2010 where he is currently in the third and final year of Madhyamika after having completed six years of Prajnaparamita along with Pramana.
Ven. Lobsang Kunsang was born in La Spezia the 17th of September, 1982 and was was ordained by Geshe Jampa Gyatso in 2007.
She studied Basic Program and Master Program and then under the suggestion of her Lama Kiabje Dagri Rinpoche, she moved to India in Drolmaling, a non sectarian Tibetan monastic Dialectic School for Himalayan nuns under the Tibetan Nun Project, where she lived to study Buddhist Philosophy with the Tibetan nuns and learn the Tibetan Language. She then spent two years at the Kopan nunnery, in Nepal, to continue her studies. She is actually helping with translations, mainly from Tibetan to Italian, and is the tutor for the Debate course of Rig Lam, The path of Reasonings.