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.
Starting in October 2016, the Nitartha Institute is pleased to present two Foundation Curriculum courses in semester format. In Seattle, WA Carmen Rumbaut and Sandra Roscoe, PhD will be teaching BUD 530 Mind and Its World IV: Vaibhāshika and Sautrāntika Philosophical Traditions. In Boulder, CO Jirka Hladiš will teach BUD 501 Mind and Its World I and BUD 502 […]
Friday, July 22, 2016 — A Public Event with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Emotions bring color and meaning to our lives, but they can also put us on an exhausting rollercoaster ride that takes us to blissful peak states, the depths of delusion and despair, and everything in between. Only by learning to relate to our emotions skillfully […]
A Nine-Day Program: August 4-12, 2016 Teaching mindfulness meditation and mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) in health care and society is a mind-body discipline joining experiential understanding, practice competencies, and conceptual knowledge the pedagogy integrating contemplative wisdom with evidence-based psychological and scientific inquiry. For those who facilitate or wish to facilitate mindfulness meditations and MBIs within […]
At Nalanda West, Seattle: May 9-28, 2016 Join us for Acharya Kelzang Wangdi’s third year of teachings on Eighth Karmapa’s commentary for Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Higher Knowledge (Abhidharmakośha) at Nalanda West, in Seattle, Monday, May 9th through Saturday, May 28th. He will be teaching Chapter 6, which is on the path as presented by the Vaibhāṣhikas and Sautrāntikas. The […]
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).