The Beacon of Certainty (Tib. nges shes sgron me) is a commentary composed by the great Nyingma master and scholar Lama Mipham (1846-1912). It is structured around seven questions which address the foundations of the Nyingma tradition, from Madhyamika philosophy to the view of Dzogchen. This key text is studied in virtually all Nyingma shedras. We will study its commentary by Khenpo Kunpal, (c.1872-1943) a close disciple of Lama Mipham.

Recommended Text: 

  • Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty: Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, by John W. Pettit, 1999, Wisdom Publications




This course is a study of Catuhśataka by Āryadeva (ca. 2ndcentury)—a direct student of Nāgārjuna. This influential Madhyamaka treatise is renowned for balancing the presentation of the seeming and ultimate realities, emphasizing both the view and meditation. We will approach this treatise through the lenses of its Tibetan commentators.