The teachings of Guru Padmasambhava serve as the basis for the philosophy of The Royal Academy. At the heart of Guru Padmasambhava’s teaching is the realization of primordial wisdom (yeshey – ཡེ་ཤེས), which is understood as the recognition of one’s innate awakened state. Similarly, The Royal Academy sees as its mission the harnessing or awakening of the primordial wisdom of every learner. Learners engage in a sustained process of self-introspection in order to recognize that they are fundamentally pure, joyful, wholesome, creative and ever-evolving. 

An important feature of Padmasambhava’s teachings is the practice of unearthing treasures (Terma – གཏེར་མ) by treasure-discoverers (Terton – གཏེར་སྟོན). The Royal Academy similarly seeks to enable learners to become their own treasure-discoverers and unearth within themselves the various treasures that form a part of their innate being, their primordial wisdom. Through their individual and shared journeys of self-introspection, learners learn to identify their treasures and actualize their ever-evolving inner potential, which they may, in turn, share with their community at an appropriate time. The Royal Academy believes that education is not just about learning but more importantly about helping a learner develop and recognize the Skills, Processes, and Watermarks that are necessary for self-actualization. Skills are mechanisms used to interpret, process and make sense of existing and new knowledge. Processes are the ways through which the learner acquires skills and knowledge. Watermarks are the impacts of the learning environment and experiences upon the character and values of a learner, which include integrity, compassion, rigour, and leadership. By orienting toward the development of Skills, Processes, and Watermarks, The Learning Process dissolves the silos around subjects taught in schools today and thus supports an interconnected view of all phenomena.