Semester courses are presented in several North American regions and are designed for those who cannot take time off to attend the Summer Institute or 9-day courses. Semester courses are equivalent to one two-week session at the Summer Institute and take place in an evening and weekend format over two months. Some of these semester programs are also streamed live online.

Current & Upcoming Semester Courses

Chittamātra Philosophical Tradition: Appearances are Mere Mind – 2 credits

Instructor: Dr. Stuart Horn

Attendance: Online & In-class

Residential Location: Nalandabodhi Seattle
Nalanda West, Vajra Spot

Meeting Times:
Wednesday Evenings: March 15 – May 31, 2017 (7:00-8:30pm PT),
Saturday Morning: April 15, 2017 (10:00-11:30am PT)
NOTE: no class Wednesday, March 29 and Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Course Description: This course is a systematic presentation of Chittamātra, or Mind Only meditative view of Mahāyāna Buddhism. We will engage in the philosophical reformulation of experiences arising from meditation practice—declaring reasonings establishing objects as not separate from mind, as well as the three natures theory and the eight-fold collection of consciousness.

Prerequisites: BUD 530



Root text: The Mind Only Tenet System (Semtsam), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications

Sourcebook: Mind Only Tenet System Sourcebook, by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2007


Commentary on the Chittamatra Philosophical Tradition, by Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2002

“Chapter 6. Chittamatra,” pp. 175-194 in Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, tr. by Elizabeth Callahan, Snow Lion Publications, 2007.

“Cittamatra Approach,” pp. 37-52 in Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Translated by Shenpen Hookham. Auckland, New Zealand: Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications, 2001.

Class Topics:

  • The Four Philosophical Systems
  • “Mind Only” Definition and Scriptural Sources
  • The Meaning of the Term “Mind Only” and Examples
  • Mind Only School Reasonings 1
  • Mind Only School Reasonings 2
  • Real Aspectarians of Mind Only School
  • False Aspectarians of Mind Only School
  • Presentation of Three Natures 1
  • Presentation of Three Natures 2
  • Definition of Mind; Self-awareness
  • All-base Consciousness
  • Immediate Mind and Klesha Mind
  • Path and Fruition

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