• Nitartha needs your support! Nitartha Institute is seeking funding for major upgrades in its online course offerings, especially Self-Paced Online Courses.

    Nitartha’s Current Online Campus

    Nitartha’s Online Campus was built in 2007 and currently offers 9 courses of the Foundational and Intermediate Curriculum for students in a self-paced format. It is a tremendous resource, but the course offerings have not kept up with best practices in online learning.

    Click to read more about this fundraising initiative!


  • 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.


  • What is the Abhidharmakosha project?
    The Abhidharmakosha is the last text to be taught by a Tibetan master for Nitartha Institute to complete all the sutra texts of the Advanced Curriculum. Nitartha Institute is honored to have had Acharya Kelzang Wangdi, a specialist in the Abhidharma, come to Seattle for a month to teach on three separate occasions.   

    Each month, Acharya Kelzang taught the subject for several hours daily which was orally translated and later transcribed and edited. Nitartha Institute has completed a large part of this project already. 

    Completing the Teaching cycle

    The last transmission for this project is scheduled for December 2018. This winter, Acharya Kelzang Wangdi will teach the 4th and last year of the Abhidharmakosha teaching cycle. This is a huge milestone and you can help Nitartha accomplish it!

    Help us accomplish this last round!

    Funds on hand to support the 4th and final month of teachings in December 2018: $16,900

    Additional funds needed to complete the teachings in December 2018: $8,000

    Funds needed for the completion of editing, transcribing, and publishing of all 4 teaching sessions (120 talks in all): $30,000

    Total amount needed to complete the project $38,000

    Donations are tax deductible in the US.

    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.