Reasoning and logic are essential in order to reveal what is in fact true and reliable knowledge. Pramana is a Sanskrit term that Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist traditions use to refer to the elements necessary to recognize how knowledge is understood, and how its veracity and reliability can be ascertained.

Drawing from Dharmakirti’s Compendium of Valid Cognition, Demo Rinpoche will explain various methods to help gain reliably true knowledge of the nature of reality as well as be able to discern the diverse understandings people may reach.

About Demo Rinpoche

Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21 and November 11, 18, December 2, 9
Note: No sessions October 28, November 4, 25
7:00 – 8:30pm Eastern Time

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Center will be open for limited in-person attendance for the Dharmakirti’s Part 2 – Logic and Reasoning, on November 11, 18, December 2, 9, 2021, subject to the similar policies and guidelines followed with the recent retreats at the Jewel Heart Ann Arbor Center. For more information, click here.


Members $160 / Non-Members $200
No one is turned away due to financial considerations.

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SUGGESTED COURSE for purchase:
MASTER CLASS: Pramana of Dharmakirti – Part 1



Pramana: Dharmakirti and the Indian Philosophical Debate by Lama Doboom Tulku and Maya Joshi (available to order)

A Compendium of Ways of Knowing: A Clear Mirror of what should be Accepted and Rejected by Akya Yong-dzin Yang-chan ga-wai lo-dro, with commentary compiled from oral teachings by Geshe Ngawang Dhargey (book out of print)


Compendium of Ways of Knowing Text: – Study Buddhism by Berzin Archives

Commentary on “Compendium of Ways of Knowing” – Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey:

Lorig: Ways of Knowing – Alexander Berzin

Elaboration of Lorig: Ways of Knowing -– Alexander Berzin

“Internet Archive” – Translation:

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe teachings on Dharmakirti’s commentary on Dignaga’s Compendium on Valid Cognition:

Chapter 2 Institute for Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala (2014) – Geshe Wangmo

Supporting materials:

Track 1 – Introduction to Text materials compiled and translated by Geshe Wangmo for the Course.

Track 2 – Life Story of Dignaga

Track 3 – Life Story of Dharmakirti

Chapter 2 – Institute for Buddhist Dialectics – (2018)

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