Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche: Visit and Teachings 2022

Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche
Thought Education and Emotional Hygiene

a program of Lama Tzong Khapa Institute

Teachings based on the text The Clear Words of Chandrakirti commentary to
Nagarjuna’s Fudamental Wisdom.
November 21-25, 2022

Teachings on the two minds of enlightenment:
Conventional and Ultimate Mind.
Bodhisattva vows
November 26 and 27, 2022

An incredible opportunity to be able to access the study and practice of the highest wisdom and the arts of liberation without the commitment of attending daily classes and examinations, in the freedom to decide how, where and when according to one’s needs.

 Lama Tzong Khapa Institute is pleased to announce the visit of Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche from November 21 to 27, 2022.

Rinpoche, who is considered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche to be among the most capable Dharma teachers of the new generation, will teach Chapter 24 of the Clear Words, the quintessential Madhyamaka text by Master Chandrakirti commenting on The Fundamental Wisdom of the great Indian Master Nagarjuna.

With the keys of his infinite knowledge, experience and wisdom, Serkong Rinpoche will open the gates of liberation for us by elaborating the words of Chandrakirti’s commentary on Chapter 24, “The Analysis of the Truths of the Superiors.” This fundamental text of Madhyamaka is rarely explained in the West. Rinpoche has great communication skills based on his infinite knowledge and profound experience, and his teachings are very effective and transformative for the minds of 21st century practitioners.

The teaching of dependent arising and emptiness is the true distinguishing character of Buddha’s teachings, the foundation of the three turns of the Dharma Wheel and the Pali and Sanskrit traditions that developed following Paranirvana. 

Based on the explanation of the nature of phenomena, the two truths, conventional and ultimate, Buddha Baghawan explained the method and wisdom that are the main elements of the Dharma Path, the integrated practice of which matures into the result, the two Supreme Bodies, the final awakening characterized by the total abandonment of the two obscurations and the complete development of all qualities.

In accordance with the guidelines provided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who advises approaching the study and daily practice of the Foundation of Wisdom on the basis of four of the 27 chapters that constitute the root text, Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche will explain in the sequence indicated by the Dalai Lama:

  • Chapter 26 “The Analysis of the Twelve Branches of Existence” (taught earlier)
  • Chapter 18 “The analysis of the self” (taught previously)
  • chapter 24 “The analysis of the four truths of the superiors” the subject of these November teachings
  • and finally with chapter 22 “The Analysis of the Tathagata” (subject to be taught in 2023).

All teachings are part of the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute’s autochthonous program Thought Education and Emotional Hygiene.  This program started before the pandemic lockdown and was therefore delayed. This hiatus allowed the ILTK teachers team to refine and expand the program with Rinpoche, which will resume with great commitment in the last week of November both in-person and online at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute.

Following the directions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, with this program the Institute aims to make available to the general public the Buddha’s teachings commented on by the great Indian masters of the Nalanda tradition, such as Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti, addressing the maintenance and propagation of the Nalanda tradition in the Western world.

Serkong Rinpoche will teach twice a day, morning and afternoon, for four days, with a one-day break in between to give students a chance to internalize and deepen the experience. The course takes place in retreat format, with guided meditations on the subjects explained, discussion, debate and questions/answers, both with Rinpoche and the program’s qualified mentors. 


Registration to participate in Rinpoche’s teachings will be open from Monday, Oct. 3 through the completion of a FORM

Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche
Visit and teachings
Dependent Arising and Emptiness. Teachings based on the text the Foundation of Wisdom by Nagarjuna


  • 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.
    Guided meditation on the subjects of the teachings
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Calm guided abiding
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Teaching with Serkong Rinpoche
  • 12:300 to 1:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Teaching with Serkong Rinpoche
  • 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sleep Yoga


  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
    Guided meditation on the subjects of the teachings
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Calm guided abiding
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    Special guided insight (analytical meditation on the subject explained by Rinpoche)
  • 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Q&A, discussion, and meditation



  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
    Guided meditation
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Teachings with Serkong Rinpoche
  • 12:300 to 1:30 p.m.
    LunchPossible variation with the Lama present
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Introduction and screening of the film The Scientist, His Holiness the Dalai Lama


  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
    Guided meditation
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Teachings with Serkong Rinpoche and Bodhisattva vow ceremony
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

During your stay at the Institute you will benefit from:

  • A plaid/cover
  • Comfortable clothes
  • An alarm clock
  • An FM radio and earphones (mandatory for listening to the English translation. In the hall the languages will be Italian and Tibetan).
    It will also be possible to purchase the radio and earphones at the Institute shop.
  • The park surrounding the Institute is not lighted in all areas; therefore, it is recommended to bring a good flashlight for the night hours
  • Shoes with rubber soles or otherwise suitable for the countryside
  • November in Tuscany can be rainy, so we suggest: a cap, a waterproof windbreaker, shoes suitable for mud, an umbrella

Wi-Fi: The free connection available to guests is exclusively within some rooms of the facility and during the following days and times:
Monday through Friday: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next day. Saturday and Sunday free.

Stores in the village of Pomaia, a 5-minute walk away, are still stocked with essentials. One pharmacy outlet opens in half-day shifts six days a week.

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Please note that photographing the event and taking any kind of audio/video footage is prohibited during the teachings. Only ILTK authorized staff will be allowed to take photos and audio/video footage.
Cell phone use will be allowed only for radio use. Those who do not comply will be asked to leave the hall.
Please remember not to leave unattended items inside the hall and to take them with you at the end of each session.
In the teaching hall you will not be allowed to enter with your shoes, which you will have to store neatly in the shoe racks provided.
For more information on What to bring please remember the appropriate section on the main event page.

Thank you for your understanding and kind cooperation.



At the age of two, Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II (1984 – present) pointed to the photo of the recently deceased Assistant Tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama and said, “That’s me!” Recognized as the reincarnation of the former Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche, the young tulku received his Buddhist training initially at Ganden Jangtse Monastery in South India. After deciding to continue his work for the Dharma as a layman, he completed his education at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala. On the advice of the Dalai Lama, he has now completed two years of intensive study of English in Canada and is continuing his higher Buddhist training.

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