Ringu Tulku Rinpoche 2010 Interview About Shedra

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While in Lerab Ling in 2010, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche answered questions about the future of shedra studies in the West.

  1. Why do you feel it is important for modern men and women to study at shedra?
  2. What role do you think shedra study plays in transmitting the Dharma to the West?
  3. In what ways, if any, should shedra be adapted from the traditional Tibetan model to meet the needs of westerners?
  4. Should western shedras emphasize the same texts and topics as Tibetan shedras, or are there texts and topics that you feel are more important for westerners to study?
  5. Study in Tibetan shedras involves extensive memorization as well as training in logic and debate. Do you feel this way of studying will work for westerners, or should it be adapted in any way?
  6. What would qualify a westerner to teach at a shedra? Do they need to have the same qualifications as a khenpo?
  7. Do you think that future western shedra teachers will have to be ordained?
  8. Is Shedra for everyone? If so, how can we make shedra studies more mainstream?
  9. In the east shedra study is a long-term commitment. In the west most people don't have much time. How can they study at shedra?
  10. How can young people be inspired to study at shedra?
  11. How does shedra study benefit our practice?

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