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24th September – 4th October with Geshe Graham Woodhouse

Debate is Tibetan Buddhism’s primary mode of philosophical enquiry and is the liveliest and most amusing way of uncovering, examining and understanding Buddhism’s timeless wisdom.

This course is open to both complete beginners to debate and those who are already familiar with this approach to learning. Complete beginners will get all the help they need to get started while others will continue from where they have reached so far. We will follow a daily practice of the sutra form of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga throughout the course.

Come and take the first steps in learning how to debate in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition or further any prior experience you may have. Using directed questions and answers with traditional moves and gestures, you’ll take on the ‘challenger’ and ‘defender’  roles to help each other overcome misunderstandings, enabling each other to make sense of Buddha’s radical teachings whilst having lots of fun!

You don’t have to attend the full ten days so are welcome to join us for any length of time you can manage. However, if you are new to debate we recommend you try to attend at least the first couple of days when the main teachings on how to debate will be happen.

To learn more about Tibetan Debate, follow the link below to a short introduction by Thubten Jinpa:


Born in England in 1952, Graham Woodhouse received full ordination as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1994. He studied for seventeen years at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala and received his geshe degree from Drepung Loseling Monastery in 2006.

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