With a firm basis in the Buddhist philosophical views acquired in the foundation and intermediate levels, Nitartha Advanced Curriculum represents the actual study of the principal Indian śāstras with authoritative commentaries by leading Kagyü and Nyingma masters. It consists of the Core Advanced Curriculum and the Extended Advanced Curriculum.

The Core Advanced Curriculum is aligned with each of the three turnings of the wheel of Dharma and it is preferred to take the advanced courses in the sequence listed below. However, it is permissible to take them out of order.

The Advanced curriculum also introduces new courses such as Vajrayana and Shentong Madhyamaka. The Summer Institute has been the main source of these advanced courses until recent times. Due to technological advances, we are now able to teach Advanced courses through live streaming video, allowing students all over the world to participate in Advanced courses outside of the Summer Institute setting.


Advanced Curriculum—First Turning

BUD 681Abhidharmakośa I: Treasury of Abhidharma
BUD 682 Abhidharmakośa II: Treasury of Abhidharma
BUD 690 Pramānavārttika I: Commentary on Valid Cognition
BUD 691 Pramānavārttika II: Commentary on Valid Cognition

Advanced Curriculum—Second Turning

BUD 700 Madhyamakāvatāra I: Entrance to the Middle Way
BUD 701 Madhyamakāvatāra II: Entrance to the Middle Way
BUD 702 Madhyamakāvatāra III: Entrance to the Middle Way
BUD 703 Madhyamakāvatāra IV: Entrance to the Middle Way
BUD 710 Abhisamayālamkāra I: Ornament of Clear Realization
BUD 711 Abhisamayālamkāra II: Ornament of Clear Realization
BUD 712 Abhisamayālamkāra III: Ornament of Clear Realization
BUD 713 Abhisamayālamkāra IV: Ornament of Clear Realization

Advanced Curriculum—Third Turning

BUD 760 Madhyāntavibhāga: Distinction between the Middle and Extremes
BUD 770 Dharmadharmatāvibhāga: Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena
BUD 780 Uttaratantra & Sūtras of the Third Turning: The Highest Continuum

Extended Advanced Curriculum

BUD 704 Catuhśataka: Four Hundred Verses
BUD 705 Madhyamakālamkāra: Ornament to the Middle Way
BUD 706 Bodhicāryāvatāra: Entrance to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
BUD 714 Mahāyānasūtrālamkāra: Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras
BUD 781 Dharmadhātustava: In Praise of Dharmadhātu
BUD 796 Beacon of Certainty