30 Sept–8 Oct 2016
A nine day intensive Nitartha program was held Friday 30 Sept – Saturday 8 Oct, 2016 in downtown Warsaw’s beautiful, brand new, Dharma center. Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen has said that the center, known as Karma Dechen Choling, “delights all the Buddhas of the three times.”
More than twenty students from Poland and Greece participated in the program. For seven students, this was their final course of the Intermediate Curriculum and they obtained the certificate of completion signed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at the celebratory ceremony which marked the end of the program.
此期佛學營共設《五道十地：通向證悟的菩薩道》及《分析性禪修》倆課。由導師葉卡·哈迪斯（Jirka Hladiš）主講，教師培訓生托馬斯·史奇基爾斯基（Tomasz Szczygielski）助講。課程為英文講授，并提供波蘭語同聲翻譯。
Two courses were offered: BUD 620 Paths and Bhūmis: The Path to Enlightenment and BUD 500 Analytical Meditation I: Insight Meditation with Eighteen Dhatus, both taught by faculty Jirka Hladis with support of teacher in training Tomasz Szczygielski. The lectures were given in English with simultaneous translation into Polish. The course materials were available in both English and Polish. Students came to the intensive program very well prepared though previous weekly preparatory discussion group in person or via skype facilitated by Tomasz.
Each day of the intensive program started with optional Lujong and continued with one session of the Paths and Bhūmis and Analytical Meditation courses in the morning and one in the afternoon. A lively discussion of the topics from the previous lectures ensued during the lunch and dinners.
Mind & Its World I and
This fall in Boulder, Colorado we have many students both local and online studying the foundational curriculum in the BUD 501 Mind & Its World I and BUD 502 Clear Thinking courses. Our own long-time faculty member Jirka Hladiš is presenting Mind & Its World I; he has been a part of Nitartha Intitute since 2002 and a faculty member since 2007. In addition we have two new teachers-in-training presenting the Clear Thinking course: Susan Aposhyan and Francis Sullivan. Susan Aposhyan lives here in Boulder and is a psychotherapist, writer, and teacher. She formally was a student of Trungpa Rinpoche, and now practices under Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Francis has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2004 and before that was a student of Trungpa Rinpoche and Osel Tendzin. When he is not practicing and studying he is doing biochemistry research and riding his bike.
今秋在克羅拉多州的博德市，正知學院的姐妹組織那蘭陀菩提博德中心，有美、加、新西蘭、丹麥等世界各地的32位同學以現場或網上校園遠程參與的形式，開始了心類學第一階課程的學習 。主教導師葉卡·哈迪斯（Jirka Hladiš）已在正知學院從事佛學內明課程教學近10年。另有蘇珊·艾泊嫻 （Susan Aposhyan）和弗蘭西斯·薩利文（Francis Sullivan）倆位導師培訓生也參與了教學。隨喜同學們歡聚那蘭陀中心探索心性本質，融佛法與日常的修持與生活中。
Located in right in the entrance to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Boulder Canyon, Nalandabodhi Boulder has been a home to the Nalandabodhi Mandala since 1996. We recently renovated the shrine room and this has set a vivid and luminous atmosphere for giving these teaching. With a very high online enrollment this year we are joined by thirty-two students all around the world from New Zealand to Denmark. Together with this vibrant community we are cultivating the investigative mind and bringing the buddhadharma into practice and our daily lives.
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 Clear Thinking. These semester courses are also open to online students, too.
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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 chapter begins with the four noble truths and the two truths, and then goes into the details of the stages of the path, which are analogous to the five paths of the Mahāyāna tradition.
For context, these teachings are part of Nitartha Institute’s Advanced Curriculum and are related to the Mind and Its World III and Mind and Its World IV courses of Nitartha’s Foundation Curriculum, and to the Paths and Bhumis course of the Intermediate Curriculum. Vasubandhu’s text is one of two final texts we need taught to complete the translation of oral teachings into English for all the major texts of the Tibetan monastic college (shedra) curriculum. After 20 years of such teaching and translation effort, we are now within about two years of finishing the first set of teachings on all these major texts.
You are invited to drop-in and attend any class session you would like! No registration necessary. The daily schedule is:
Class: 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Class: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Classes will be held in the Vajra Spot at Nalanda West and will run Monday through Saturday, with Sundays off, Monday, May 9th to Saturday, May 28th (except no classes on Friday and Saturday May 20-21). It is suggested that students offer a donation for attending talks, but everyone is welcome to attend even without making a donation.
You do not need to have completed Nitartha’s Foundation or Intermediate courses to attend this course. Acharya Kelzang Wangdi teaches as a practitioner for practitioners, so, while the material can be detailed, he regularly connects the material to one’s practice.
You are warmly invited to attend any session of the course that fits your schedule.
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103
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Join us for the Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program! July 15-Aug 13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Explore how 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, Nitartha Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan Buddhist science of mind. Summer Program registration deadline: May 29, 2016. Click here to register now.
The Summer 2016 Science of Mind: Buddhist Studies Program is part of our Nitartha Summer Institute—an intensive residential program which occurs annually, over the span of four weeks. Typically, the summer schedule is arranged into two modules of two weeks each. Students may attend one or both modules, but for new students, the first module is a usually a prerequisite to the second.
Local residents may also opt to enrol in individual (“pro rata”) Buddhist Studies courses, or simply “Experience Nitartha for a day.” More about the Vancouver Local Program here.
Who is this for? In general, anyone, but especially for those who are looking to deepen their philosophical understanding of the buddhadharma, and merge that with meditation practice. It is especially helpful training for leaders and facilitators in Buddhist communities.
For more detailed information about our Summer 2016 Science of Mind: Buddhist Studies Program click here.
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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
Nalanda West, Vajra Spot
Meeting Times: 11 Wednesdays: March 23 – June 1, 2016 (7 – 8:30 pm PST)
This course begins with a brief review of mind and its functions, or mental events, followed by a detailed phenomenological account of causes and results from the Abhidharma and the presentation of the twelve links of dependent origination which is Buddha’s response to the perennial questions of where we came from, where we are now, and where we are heading. There will also be a discussion of the Path of Special Insight and the four applications of mindfulness.
- Root text: Classifications of Mind (Lorik), by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds, by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche & Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications:
- Mind & Its World 2 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications
Texts may be purchased from the Nalandabodhi Bookstore: http://nalandastore.com
- Primary minds and mental events
- Causes, conditions and results by entity
- Terminological classification of causes and results
- Twelve links of interdependence
- Karma: cause and effect
- The Path of Special Insight
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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 through Saturday, August 13th, 2016. We anticipate being able to offer courses from three of our academic departments:
- Department of Buddhist Studies (BUD)
- Department of Languages (LAN)
- Department of Healing (HEA)
In addition, we will again offer a Mahamudra Practice Intensive (Gomdra) program for qualified students, similar to what we have offered at the past two Summer Institutes in 2014 and 2015.
To optimize the teaching and learning environment as much as possible, the four different departments/programs will run in tandem on two parallel schedules: one on a two 2-week session schedule, and the other on a three 9-day module schedule. The program dates arranged by department and session/module are as follows:
Schedule for the Department of Buddhist Studies (BUD), and Department of Languages (LAN) — two 2-week sessions:
Session I: Friday, July 15 to Thursday, July 28
Travel day: Friday July 29
Session II: Saturday, July 30 to Friday, Aug 12
Travel day: Saturday August 13
Schedule for the Mahamudra Practice Intensive (Gomdra) and Department of Healing (HEA) — three 9-day modules:
Module 1: Friday, July 15 to Saturday, July 23
Travel day: Sunday, July 24
Module 2: Monday, July 25 to Tuesday, August 2
Travel day: Wednesday, August 3
Module 3: Thursday, August 4 to Friday, August 12
Travel day: Saturday, August 13
It is planned that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will be present for Modules 1 and 2 and will continue his teachings on the topic of Mahamudra Vipashyana from the Ninth Karmapa’s Ocean of Definitive Meaning. Please note: Rinpoche’s talks will not be open to the public and only students who meet the Mahamudra study and practice requirements will be permitted to attend Rinpoche’s talks.
NEW VENUE! To better accommodate the growing needs of students and faculty, and also due to a variety of other considerations, Nitartha Summer Institute 2016 will be hosted at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!
UBC Location: 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Additional program details, such as registration, tuition rates, housing costs, etc., are forthcoming. For now, please save the dates and further details will be posted on our website and announced shortly.
In the interim, should you have any burning questions that just can’t wait, please correspond with our 2016 Summer Program Co-Coordinators, Christine Hwang and Crista Lawson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After a period of hiatus, Nitartha Institute is happy to announce that we have reopened our Self-Paced Online Courses! (SPOCs)
Our entire Foundation and Intermediate curriculums are available as SPOCs. These are full, complete, archived versions of courses that were previously taught by experienced and dedicated faculty members.
You can take these classes online, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home through streaming video or downloadable audio. By taking advantage of these self-paced online courses, you can progress through the Nitartha Institute Curriculum at a schedule and pace that suits you.
Each course consists of posted handouts, study questions, recommended readings and exam questions. You can contact the designated faculty member for any queries during the course.
Check out our SPOC page for more information:Visit SPOC Page
Should you have any additional questions about the SPOCs, please contact our Online Program Coordinator Jenny Shu at email@example.com.
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BUD 690: EXPLORING THE PRAMĀṆA TRADITION
A Nitartha Institute Advanced Curriculum Course
October 1, 2015 – January 14, 2016
Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm PST
Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
The Buddhist science of pramāṇa, or ‘valid cognition,’ has been a key component of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies since the 5th century CE. The pramāṇa teachings explore the vast topics of how mind knows itself and its world, how trustworthy knowledge and experience can be ascertained, and how we may skillfully refine our ideas about these and related issues in dialogue with others.
During this semester-format course-offered in live, streaming, and on-demand formats-we will explore this rich philosophical tradition. The Indian source texts for the class will be the Compendium of Valid Cognition (Pramāṇasamuccaya) by Dignāga and the Commentary on Valid Cognition (Pramāṇavārttika) by Dharmakīrti. The Tibetan commentary (which will provide the framework for our exploration of the Indian texts) that we will refer to will be the 7th Karmapa, Chödrak Gyamtso’s Ocean of Texts on Reasoning (Rig-zhung Gyamtso), one of the most important works on pramāṇa in all of Tibetan scholarship. The main reference point for the course’s overall approach and points of emphasis will be the pramāṇa teachings given by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen at past Nitartha Institute summer programs.
The current course is envisioned as the first in a series of two courses on advanced pramāṇa studies. (The second course is yet to be scheduled.) The main topics considered in this first course will be the chapters from Ocean of Texts on Reasoning on direct perception (chapter 2) and establishing the Buddha as an authoritative source of knowledge (chapter 1). (The chapters will be taught in the order they were taught by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute.)
Teaching sessions will be ninety minutes long and will occasionally include question-and-answer periods. Reading materials will be provided in advance of each class to registrants.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW (click here) for
Exploring the Pramana Tradition at Nalanda West
The course will be taught by Mitra Tyler Dewar, a Buddhist teacher, translator, and writer who has been a member of the Nitartha Institute faculty since 2003. In 2005, he was appointed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche as a senior teacher (Mitra) of the Nalandabodhi community. He has served as an oral interpreter at Nitartha Institute since 2000, for teachings on pramāṇa, Madhyamaka, Abhidharma, Mind Only, tenet systems, and other topics, and has produced literary translations on a broad array of topics from the Buddhist textual and meditative traditions.
All classes listed are on Thursdays and run from 7pm to 8:30pm, Pacific Time. Classes will begin promptly at 7pm, Pacific Time*:
Class 1: October 1, 2015
Class 2: October 8, 2015
Class 3: October 15, 2015
Class 4: October 22, 2015
Class 5: October 29, 2015
Class 6: November 12, 2015 (no class on November 5)
Class 7: November 19, 2015
Class 8: December 3, 2015 (no class on November 26)
Class 9: December 10, 2015
Class 10: December 17, 2015
Class 11: January 7, 2016 (no classes on December 24 & 31)
Class 12: January 14, 2016
*International students: Please note that Pacific Time changes from Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7:00) to Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8:00) on November 1, 2015.
$330 (Onsite & Online Program Fee)
Anyone is welcome to take this course (no prerequisites). However, only those finished the Nitartha Institute Foundation and Intermediate Curriculum can take this course for credit.
Contact our Program Coordinator Crista Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.