General Buddhist Philosophy Courses


The General Buddhist Philosophy Course is designed for those who wish to be guided through their study of Buddhism, but who do not wish to commit themselves to a programme of continual study and practice like the six-year Dzogchen practitioners' course. During the Course, Rinpoche teaches important aspects of Buddhist philosophy.

It is open to all those who wish to attend.
In 2014, Patrul Rinpoche will explain How to find peace of mind through meditation, in Dharma City, Belgium. Link.

History of events

For the inauguration of the Zangdok Palri Institute in June 2004, the General Buddhist Studies Course was based on The Precious Bodhi Tree, a text written by Dzogchen Ranyak Patrul Rinpoche. It was be followed in future years by other teachings which will enrich students' understanding of diverse aspects of Buddhist wisdom and practice.

In 2005, Rinpoche taught "Advice to Kunzang Chögyal" by Dza Patrul Rinpoche.
In 2006, Rinpoche started an in-depth study of the "The Words of My Perfect Teacher". The first chapter about "The precious human life" was studied.
In 2008, Rinpoche taught the "The Four Noble Truths" in Belgium, Brussels. Link.
In 2009, Rinpoche taught the Uttaratantra. This retreat was unusual in the sense that it formed the base to launch a third "Six-Year Dzogchen Practitioners' Course" starting in 2010. Link.
In 2010, Rinpoche taught the Mulamadhyamaka-karika, or Uma tsawa sherab in Tibetan (the Root Stanzas ont he Middle Way), in Dzogchen, Tibet and again in Dharma City, Belgium. Link.
In 2012, the course took place from 26 to 28 October. The subject was be “How to be a good person according to the Buddha".  Link.
In 2013, Rinpoche taught The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas, in Dharma City, Belgium. Link.