Explore the Secret Mantra Vehicle: a unique Buddhist perspective and practice refined by the Tibetans, through the expositions and commentaries of Lama Tsogkhapa, founder of the Ge-lug-pa lineage, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

This course will provide students with an overview to the history, theory, and ethical practice of the tantras of the Secret Mantra Vehicle as described in the works of Tsong-kha-pa, founder of the Ge-lug-pa lineage, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We will present a detailed description of the four classes of tantra, the differences between sutra and tantra, and a discussion of the scriptures and historical figures central to the history of the Vajra Vehicle in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. In particular we will explore the meaning of Fundamental Mind, identify the essential practices of emptiness and deity yogas, map the grounds and paths of secret mantra, and consider the ramifications of tantric ethics in our own lives.

PHL404: Fundamentals of the Vajra Vehicle with Yangsi Rinpoche and William Magee
Credit hours: 2
Faculty: Yangsi Rinpoche with William Magee