NITARTHA (SKT.): DEFINITIVE MEANING
At Nitartha Institute, everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, the Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan Buddhist science of mind.
Like meditation, the discipline of study is understood to be a practice at Nitartha Institute. Under the guidance of highly trained and experienced Kagyü and Nyingma teachers, participants study, practice, and question what they learn in an atmosphere of generosity, good humor, and gentle yet rigorous analysis. To attend is to experience moments of heart transmission between teacher and student as the latent meaning of the dharma arises in the stream of day-to-day teaching and practice.
We’re happy to announce a very robust course offering for the 2016 Summer Institute! This year’s complete summer program will run for four weeks from Friday, July 15th through Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We will be offering courses from three of our academic departments: Department of Buddhist […]
BUD 520 Mind and Its World III: Causality, Karma Cause & Effect, and Four Applications of Mindfulness Instructor: Stuart Horn, PhD Teacher in Training: Sandra Roscoe, PhD Attendance: Online & In-class Residential Location: Nalandabodhi Seattle Nalanda West, Vajra Spot Meeting Times: 11 Wednesdays: March 23 – June 1, 2016 (7 – 8:30 pm PST) Course […]
We’re pleased to announce that the dates and new venue for the 2016 Nitartha Summer Institute have been confirmed. Mark your calendars! Friday, July 15 through Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This year’s complete summer program will run for four weeks from Friday, July 15th […]
Ring in the New Year with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen! Acharya works closely with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in all aspects of leadership for the Institute, particularly in the design of our curriculum, and, after Ponlop Rinpoche, is the Institute’s most revered teacher. He will be teaching on Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness, a weekend […]
The Five Sciences
The Buddhist educational tradition of ancient India can be summarized as the study of the ten aspects, or ten major fields, of human knowledge. These ten can be further summarized into five fields. These studies formed the focus of the traditional study programs at the great Buddhist universities, such as Nālandā in India and the Samye and Dzogchen monasteries in Tibet. Following the footsteps of the Lineage, Nitartha Institute presents a curriculum of the Five Sciences, which is delivered through four academic departments (Valid Cognition and Inner Science of Mind belonging to the Buddhist Studies department).