Welcome to

Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna

A Wisdom Academy Online Course with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Join Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche in this ten-lesson course on meditation and approaching pith instructions on Buddha nature.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to make progress on the path of meditation
  • Learn about Buddha nature, the nature of mind, as presented in the Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen traditions
  • Gain an experiential approach to practicing pith instructions
  • Develop practices of virtue and non-virtue
  • Deeper awareness of impermanence and interdependence

About this Course

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, world-renowned teacher and meditation master in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, guides students through this ten-lesson course on meditation and the pith instructions on Buddha nature. Students learn about the correct motivation for spiritual practice and meditation, as well as the ethical practices focusing on virtue and non-virtue that are the essential foundation for genuine spiritual development. Teachings on impermanence lay the groundwork supporting the development of compassion, meditation, and the pāramitās. Rinpoche explains the root of blessings in the Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen traditions that leads practitioners on the path to directly realizing their own Buddha nature.



Lesson 1: Abandoning Non-Virtue and Cultivating Virtue

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche teaches on the crucial task of taming the mind through ethics, meditation, and wisdom, and how realizing impermanence can reduce suffering.


Lesson 2: Taming the Attached Mind

Rinpoche discusses taming the attached mind through establishing a practice starting with setting the proper motivation with refuge and bodhicitta, a main practice free from any type of conceptual reference point, and a conclusion with dedication of merit established through the session.


Lesson 3: Benefits of Meditation

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche emphasizes developing a stable and regular meditation practice focusing on the qualities of renunciation, compassion, and a correct view of impermanence. Bringing the teachings into experience through meditation is what makes realization possible.


Lesson 4: Pith Instructions and Experience

Through understanding, ethical practice becomes spontaneous and joyful; these calm and clarify the mind, which supports contemplation and meditation. Meditation can lead to confidence and realizations in the view of dependent origination, out of which compassion naturally and effortlessly arises.


Lesson 5: Applying the Medicine of the Dharma

Seeing that ignorance creates the painful perceptions and consciousnesses we experience, contemplation and meditation upon dependent origination become a realistic, effective medicine to calm the mind.


Lesson 6: Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind

Rinpoche teaches that contemplating the “four thoughts that turn the mind toward the Dharma” serves to deepen the sense of sadness and weariness a Dharma student feels about the samsaric condition. With a deep foundation in these insights and recognizing the deluded state of others, compassion blossoms effortlessly.


Lesson 7: The Six Paramitas in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen Traditions

Rinpoche details how practicing the first five perfections in method provides the basis for successful practice of the sixth perfection in wisdom. Meditation creates the context to change habits.


Lesson 8: Buddha Nature and the Nature of Mind

Rinpoche asks, “What is it that the obscurations obscure?” They’re obscuring suchness; the true nature of things actually present in all sentient beings without exception. Rinpoche explains the ultimate guru is the nature of your own mind.


Lesson 9: How to Make Progress on the Path

Rinpoche explains we need to make ourselves able to practice with real joy. Then our mind and character can change, filled more and more with joy.


Lesson 10: The Nature of Mind in Mahamudra and Dzogchen

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche concludes by explaining that always looking at one’s own mind is the ultimate practice, again and again returning to and sustaining the recognition of awareness.

About the Teacher

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is a world-renowned teacher and meditation master in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in Tibet in 1951 as the oldest son of his mother Kunsang Dechen, a devoted Buddhist practitioner, and his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, an accomplished master of Buddhist meditation. As a young child, Chokyi Nyima—“Sun of the Dharma”—was recognized as the 7th incarnation of the Tibetan meditation master Gar Drubchen. In 1974, Rinpoche left India to join his parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he assisted them in establishing Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. Upon its completion in 1976, H. H. the Karmapa enthroned Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche as the monastery’s abbot. To this day, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling remains the heart of Rinpoche’s ever-growing mandala of activity, which also includes the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, nine international Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Meditation Centers, and several Dharma House city centers across the globe.