Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha: Session III

Session III - "The Views of the Nine Yanas"
based on "The Precious Vase" chapter 5

Welcome to the third unit of this course, studying "The Precious Vase" together as a "Santi Maha Sangha," presented live at Tsegyalgar East in Conway.

Our aim is to make this complex material clear to new people, to give support to those preparing for the Base exam, and to provide opportunity for in-depth review to experienced practitioners.

It was highly recommended for new students to listen to the recordings from Session I before taking this third session. The first unit provided the foundation for approaching subsequent material in The Precious Vase.

Through studying and practicing together, may we grow in understanding, enriching ourselves and others!

SCHEDULE (tentative)

Mon., Jan. 11. 2016 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm - Class 1
Mon., Jan. 18, 2016 @ 10:00am-9:00pm - Class 2
*All-day SMS Practice Day (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm - Class 3
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm - Class 4
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016 - Class 5
Tues., Feb. 9, 2016 - Celebration of Losar
Mon., Feb. 15, 2016 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm - Class 6
*All-day SMS Practice Day (Presidents' Day)
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm - Class 7
Mon., Feb. 29, 2016 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm - Class 8
Mon., March 8, 2016 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm - Class 9
& Celebratory "Exams"

Taking this Course Remotely: MP3 recordings

Rinpoche had directed us to present this course as live sessions which were recorded and available for replay (during the duration of the course), for those who couldn't attend in person.


MP3 Recordings of Classes

No longer available for download.

Resources & Course Materials

Session III - (approx. Jan. 11 - Mar. 8, 2016)

"The Views of the Nine Yanas" (based on chapter 5)

  • Views & Yanas - general
  • Sutra Views:
    (1) Shravaka (including the Five Skandhas)
    (2) Pratyekabuddha (including the 12 Nidanas)
    (3) Bodhisattva (including the 10 Bhumis)
  • Tantra Views:
    • Definition and subdivisions
    • Outer Tantras:
      (4) Kriyatantra
      (5) Ubhaya/Charyatantra
      (6) Yogatantra
    • Classifications
      A. Sarma/New Translation Tradition
      B. Nyingma/Old Translation Tradition
    • Inner Tantras
      (7) Mahayoga
      (8) Anuyoga
      (9) Atiyoga

Supplementary Readings

"The Precious Vase" contains a vast amount of information, and one may rely on it alone to study the Base. For people who want clarification or to go deeper into particular topics, there are additional texts available.

Supplementary Readings

Further Resources

Rhythmic Breathing chart:
Resources

Additional secondary sources related to this study.

The Santi Maha Sangha - Course Participants

Angela M.
Angela M.
(M'loa, HI)
Anne S.
Anne S.
(Charleston, SC)
Caroline H.
Caroline H.
(Conway, MA)
Catherine L.
Catherine L.
(New Orleans, LA)
Cheryl K.
Cheryl K.
(Summerland Key, FL)
David D.
David D.
(Baton Rouge, LA)
Kathleen, F.
Kathleen, F.
(Buckland, MA)
Keith K.
Keith K.
(Peabody, MA)
Lynn N.
Lynn N.
(Northampton, MA)
Nancy P.
Nancy P.
(Easthampton, MA)
Patricia M.
Patricia M.
(Stone Ridge, NY)
Shane C.
Shane C.
(Boston, MA)
Viviana C.
Viviana C.
(Mexico City, MX)
Allen W.
Allen W.
(Northampton, MA)
Chonyi Richard  A.
Chonyi Richard A.
(Boston, MA)
Daphne D.
Daphne D.
(San Ysidro, CA)
Diane S.
Diane S.
(South Deerfield, MA)
Dominik N.
Dominik N.
(Miami Beach, FL)
Fran H.
Fran H.
(NY, NY)
Jeremy
Jeremy
(Conway, MA)
Lisa Y.
Lisa Y.
(Plainville, CT)
Marit C.
Marit C.
(Conway, MA)
Michael H.
Michael H.
(Hant's Harbour, CA)
Michael S.
Michael S.
(Richmond, IN)
Robert O.
Robert O.
(Pagosa Springs, CO)
Robert T.
Robert T.
(Napa, CA)
Timothy F.
Timothy F.
(Conway, MA)