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A Course in Tibetan Buddhism:

with Dr Georges Dreyfus
Saturdays, for 5 weeks from 1st July

Dr Prof. Georges Dreyfus

Dr Georges Dreyfus a long time ago…


We’re holding a new course in Tibetan Buddhism, led by one of our great Bangkok resources Dr Georges Dreyfus. Periodically it’s great to go into these topics in real depth – more than we ever get to with ad-hoc dharma talks. You don’t have to be a scholar, but you do need to be keen:

  • for 5 Saturday early afternoons from July 1st – July 29th
  • by donation
  • course covers key areas in the development of the Tibetan style of Buddhism
  • Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm, in English


About the Course:

Books referenced in the course:




Class 1 Early Tibetan History and Culture

Kapstein, The Tibetans, 1-101 (file); Gyatso, “Down with the Demoness” (file); Bentor, “The Tibetan Practice of the Mantra Path” (file); Karmay, “Ordinance of Lha La-ma Ye-shes od” (file).

Class 2 Mahayana and the Bodhisattva Ideal

Schaeffer & al., “Atisha and the Kadampa Order” in Sources of Tibetan Tradition, 176-186 (file); Dalai Lama, The Path to Enlightenment, Chap. 1, 2, 5, 10, 11; “Eight Verses on Mind Training” with its Commentary In Mind Training, 275-291 (file); Dalai Lama, A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of the Night, 100-108 (file).

Class 3 The Tantric View

Dalai Lama, The Path to Enlightenment, Chap.3; Cozort, “Sadhana: Means of Achievement for Deity Yoga” in Tibetan Literature, 331-343 (xerox); Zangpo, Sacred Ground, 32-73 (file); Thrangu, Pointing to the Dharmakaya, 14-30 (file); Chagme, A Spacious Path to Freedom, 39-61.

Class 4 The Nyyingma Nine Vehicles and the Practice of the Great Perfection

Zenkar Rinpoche, “A Brief Presentation of the Nine Vehicles” (file); Chagme, A Spacious Path to Freedom, 62-190.

Class 5 Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism

Kapstein, Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, 99-105 (file); Schaeffer & al., “The Dissolution of the Human Body and Mind” (file) & “A Prayer for Protection from Fear in the Bardo” in Sources of Tibetan Tradition, 446-452 (file); Kapstein, The Tibetans, 101-155 (file); van der Kujip, “The Dalai-Lamas and the Origins of the Reincarnate Lamas,” (file) Wylie, “Reincarnation: a Political Innovation” (file).


About the Speaker


Modern day Georges

Dr Georges B. J. Dreyfus studied for fifteen years as an ordained Tibetan monk in Tibetan monastic universities in India and was the first ever Westerner to receive the title of Geshe – the highest distinction of scholarly learning in the Tibetan system. This necessitated becoming fluent in Tibetan, leading to roles as a translator for several of the very great Tibetan masters of the era.

After leaving the monkhood, he completed a Ph.D in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia before joining Williams College where he is presently the Jackson Professor of religion.  His first book, Recognizing Reality: Dharmakirti’s Philosophy and its Tibetan Interpretations, (Suny: 1997), explores the Tibetan reception of Buddhist epistemology.  He has also written on Madhyamaka philosophy, co-editing a volume with Sara McClintock, The Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction: What Difference does a Difference make?  (Wisdom, 2003).  His last work, The Sound of Two Hands Clapping: the Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk (University of California, 2003), reflects in a partly autobiographical mode on the education of Tibetan monks and the intellectual practices that foster this education.






‘APARTMENTS’ Meditation Centre

The center is a 4 minute walk from Ekkamai BTS Station.

We are 9/37 Thana Aket, Ekkamai Sukhumvit 63.

Enter Ekkamai (Sukhumvit Soi 63). Turn left into the second soi (lane). Bourbon street restaurant is on the corner. We’re the third building on the right, in the ‘APARTMENTS‘ building. Go up to the top floor. See the excellent map – it is very precise!little-bangkok-meditation-center-ekkamai


Course in Tibetan Buddhism – with Dr Georges Dreyfus — 9 Comments

  1. May we attend some of the classes only? Unfortunately I have a conflict of schedule for some of the days.

  2. I’m interested in joining the course.
    Can I ask for a reservation here?

    Best Regards.


  3. class #1 of the ‘Early Tibetan Buddhism Course’ with Dr. George Dreyfus, organized by Phra Pandit Bikkhu of the Little Bangkok Sangha – outstanding class, very interesting and extremely informative!
    It cleared up certain obscurities in Tantric yoga from point of view of Kundalini Yoga (historically and lineage of Yogi Bhajan, from his astral teacher, Guru Ram Das)
    Have tried to share on FB, but it didn’t go.
    Will do again.
    Looking forward to class #2
    Thank you!

  4. Oh, also many thanks for the additional text 3 Vehicles – very clear outline, very helpful, again, outstanding organisation for an excellent topic.
    Appreciated it – really

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