The Four Buddhist Philosophical Schools

Chuntsag Rinpoche

The four philosophical schools of thought were developed directly from the teachings that the Buddha gave during his lifetime, using different descriptions in different teachings to best meet the varying needs of his students.  Rinpoche explained how to understand and interpret these different views.

English language version of Jamyang Shepa’s text on tenets that will will be used for the classes on the four Buddhist philosophical schools is “Cutting Through Appearances,” translated by Jeffrey Hopkins and Geshe  Lhundup Sopa.  It’s available on line at:

March 19th, 2016

Today’s teaching laid the foundation for discussing the Four Philosophical Schools of Buddhism

April 9th, 2016

Today’s teaching will be going through the non-Buddhist philosophical tenants.  We do this to examine the opponents and examine their way of looking at phenomenon.  This opens your mind to the way they understand existence of phenomenon, and this will allow you to compare how they view phenomenon compared to Buddhist views.

Pages: 145-150

April 23rd, 2016

Today’s teaching continued the discussion on non-Buddhist schools’ tenants.

Pages: 150-161

May 7th, 2016

Today’s teaching focused on the Samkya and Mamasaka traditions

Pages: 161-166

June 18th, 2016

Today’s teaching focused on the Lokayata tradition.

Pages: 166-170

July 9th, 2016

Today’s teaching began the discussion on the four Buddhist schools of thought, starting with the Vaibhāṣika school.

Pages: 171-187

July 23rd, 2016

Today’s teaching continued the discussion on the Vaibhāṣika school of Buddhist thought.

Pages: 187-190

September 17th, 2016


October 1st, 2016

Pages: 210-220