$10,000 needed for 2016
The fundamental mission of Nitartha Insitute is to provide students with a systematic foundation in the central teachings of the Buddhist tradition, as presented by the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibet. Though the focus of our curriculum is the Kagyu/Nyingma understanding of the Dharma, the Institute upholds the importance of non-sectarianism and appreciation of the many forms of Buddhism and thus students of any background and tradition are welcome and encouraged to attend.
To make Nitartha Institute’s unique courses and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s teachings better known to potential students, the Institute is looking to expand our visibility and presence in the minds of those with a genuine interest in the Buddhadharma. This communication campaign will be conducted through multi-channel marketing/outreach initiatives that include but are not limited to: website revamp, regional network creation, intenet-based and print advertising, etc. Through these initiatives, we hope to make these precious and unique courses accessible to as many students as possible. Our fundraising target for this initiative in 2016 is $25,000. Thus far we have raised $15,000.
$15,000 needed for 2016
“Study has a manifestation that reaches out to other people, not only in this time and century, but throughout the centuries. So this knowledge that we develop, share and try to preserve for future generations has a very important role in transplanting Buddhadharma to this culture.” — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Nitartha Institute faculty are currently exploring new, contemporary, and innovative ways to make our Buddhist Studies (shedra) courses more accessible to students across the globe. Some of these initiatives include: redesigning existing courses into different time frames and languages (i.e. semester courses, 9-day courses, etc.), providing a more structured online course offering with more online support, working more closely with regional buddhist centers to expand year-round course offerings, etc. Overall, the Institute is working to refine current offereings to make them more accessible to a broader audience of students, increase shedra course offerings throughout the year, and offer more overall support. Our fundraising target for this initiative in 2016 is $15,000.
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 relatively new fund (started in 2014) supported by Nitartha Institute students. PPFA is designed to be a method for students 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.