• Nitartha Institute believes that students with a genuine wish to study should not be denied access to courses due to a lack of funds. PPFA is a fund started in 2014 supported by Nitartha Institute students. PPFA is designed to be a method to help fellow students in need. PPFA allows for tuition discounts/reductions so that the applicant can begin or continue their dharma studies at the Institute.

    Financial Assistance offers a fixed amount discount applied to the program tuition only. A Payment Plan allows the applicant to pay of program fees in installments within a maximum 12 month period.

    In 2014, the total PPFA donations received from donors was $5,430. In 2015, the total PPFA donations received from donors was $6,755. Tuition assistance granted to date: $3,365. PPFA Funds to be granted in the future: $8,720.

    If you’re inspired by this project, please consider helping a fellow student and donate to the PPFA Fund today.


  • The Abhidharmakosha is the last text that needs to be taught by a Tibetan master for Nitartha Institute to complete all the sutra texts of its Advanced Curriculum in Buddhist Philosophical studies in the tradition of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. Nitartha Institute is honored to have had Acharya Kelzang Wangdi, a specialist in the Abhidharma, come to Seattle for a month in each of the past three years. Each month, Acharya la taught the subject for four hours daily which was orally translated and later transcribed. Nitartha Institute has completed three months of transmission in January 2013, January 2015, and May 2016. The next transmission is scheduled for December 2017.

    Acharya’s talks are recorded, transcribed word for word, and then edited into a readable format. The draft transcription will be further edited to into text books.

    Thank you very much to all of you who have supported this project through translation, financial contribution, volunteering, attending the teachings, transcribing, and administrative and AV support. 

    Total project spending to date is $46,300. Funds remaining are $22,300. We plan to spend $25,000 for the December 2017 transmission session. Another $30,000 is needed for editing work. For more details, please contact finance@nitarthainstitute.org.


  • At the request of students and faculty, The Gateway That Reveals the Philosophical Systems to Fresh Minds, written by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, was expanded to include additional topics. The additions were made by Acharya Kelsang Wangdi under the guidance of Rinpoche. Acharya Kelsang then gave two months of teachings on the full, expanded text. The Nitartha faculty then redesigned the syllabi for Mind and Its World II, III & IV, to incorporate material from Acharya Kelsang’s teachings.

    This publication project now involves editing these teachings, and integrating them into the Sourcebooks, which will involve a redesign of the Mind and Its World II, III, and IV Sourcebooks. In addition, Dr. Stanley taught on the revised Gateway root text for one month with the intent that these would be edited as part of this project to provide Nitartha Institute teachers background resources for teaching the new Mind and Its World III & IV Sourcebooks, that will now be devoted to the Gateway root text.

    Fundraising Goal: $13,400.00

    If you’re inspired by this project, please consider donating today. For more details, please contact info@nitarthainstitute.org.


  • In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen taught this in-depth course on the Pramanavarttika (Commentary on Valid Cognition) by Dharmakirti, based on commentaries by the Seventh Karmapa, Chodrak Gyatso and Sakya Pandita. Dharmakirti’s work is the main text on Valid Cognition studied in the Tibetan tradition.

    This is part of the Advanced Curriculum of Nitartha Institute, and is the basis for the beloved Lorik or Classifications of Mind root text of the Mind and Its World I & II courses of the Foundation Curriculum of Nitartha Institute.

    Fundraising Goal: $9,600.00

    If you’re inspired by this project, please consider donating today. For more details, please contact info@nitarthainstitute.org.



Any contribution, large or small, makes a difference! Your support in any capacity is deeply appreciated. Without you we could not fully implement our programs and make these precious teachings available to the world. For details, or should you have any questions, please email us at finance@nitarthainstitute.org.