BUD 510 Mind & Its World II: Modes of Engagement & Mental Events

Foundation Curriculum

Course Credits: 2 credits
Course Code: BUD 510

Course Description: This course analyzes the six ways in which mind engages objects, delineating thus the types of conceptual and non-conceptual mind. We will go over the middle part of the Classifications of Mind root text, as well as the final part of Collected Topics root text. The course continues with the presentation of the classification of mind into primary minds and mental events as taught in the tradition of Buddhist psychology expounded by Asanga and Vasubandhu (both ca. 4th century). We will review the final third section of Classifications of Mind root text.

Prerequisite: Students should first take BUD 501 Mind & Its World 1 and BUD 502 Clear Thinking. These classes are always taught together as a pair during inclass programs, and it is recommended that online students take them concurrently as well, since Mind & Its World 1 uses the methods of analysis and concepts taught in Clear Thinking. After that, we recommend that students take the three remaining courses in sequential order, but they may take them in any order if that is better for their schedules, especially if they are mixing inclass and online courses. The Mind & Its World 2-4 courses also use the methods and concepts of Clear Thinking, thus it is important to complete Clear Thinking before taking Mind & Its World 2-4 if one took Mind & Its World 1 without Clear Thinking.


Instructor: Israel Lifshitz

Meeting times

At your convenience!

Required Texts

  • 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
  • Mind & Its World 2 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications

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Additional Information

For questions about this course as a Self-Paced Online Course, contact SPOC Coordinator Jenny Shu at jshu@nitarthainstitute.org.