9th-13th September

"Letter to a Friend- Suhrllekha" of Acharya Nagarjuna

The great Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna (1st - 2nd century A.D.) wrote his celebrated poem     Letter to a Friend (Sanskrit: Suhrllekha) as a gift of advice to his friend King Gautamiputra/Satavahana, and it has since become a monument in the Indian shastra tradition.

This advice gives a concise and comprehensive introduction to the entire path and practice of Buddhism. It guides both householders and the ordained onto the path leading to liberation and enlightenment. The instructions are of special interest to those who wish to take up spiritual activity while continuing to live and work in society; they are meant to convey the whole meaning of the Dharma to the ordinary person in a language and style that are easy to understand.

Despite its relatively short length (123 verses), it covers the whole Mahayana path with unusual clarity and memorable imagery; thus it is widely quoted by Tibet's great masters and scholars in the many commentaries they have written on the Buddhist path.


Course teacher: Lama Sonam Phuntsok

Lama Sonam Phuntsok is one of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's senior monks. He was trained at Dzongsar Institute in classical Buddhist philosophy, and also completed a 3-year meditation retreat in Bhutan. He has taught in various countries around the world and has also been responsible for a number of translation projects, under the guidance and instruction of Khyentse Rinpoche.