Program Overview

See below for current and upcoming programs

Nitartha Institute offers a systematic set of courses that present the curriculum of the shedra or monastic university tradition of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The courses are arranged into the three progressives sets of courses of the Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced curriculums, with certificates granted at the completion of each level of curriculum.

  • Select courses of the Foundation and Intermediate curriculums are offered in each of the three Nitartha semesters — fall, spring, and summer — in various modes of delivery, both inclass and online.
  • Advanced courses are usually offered each semester as live inclass courses, with a live online/self-paced option.
  • Tibetan Language intensive courses (both literary and spoken), Science of Creativity (Art) courses, and Science of Healing (Tibetan Medicine) courses are offered in the Summer Institute.
  • Local inclass courses are offered either in a semester format that meets weekly or a nine-day intensive format during the spring and fall semesters. The summer courses are offered in a month-long summer intensive format.
  • A number of the live inclass courses are also offered as live online courses.
  • Our Self-Paced Online Courses are currently unavailable. A new online course schedule is currently in development. More details will be posted as soon as it is ready.

This varied, flexible approach to course scheduling allows you to proceed through the Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of the curriculum at your own pace, mixing the inclass and online courses that best fit your schedule.

Current and upcoming Programs

All current and upcoming courses are listed here. Click the links to see complete information about the courses, including how to register.

Science of Creativity and Art Courses

Stay tuned for upcoming Science of Creativity and Arts courses.

Foundation Courses

You should first take BUD 501 Mind and Its World I and BUD 502 Clear Thinking together, since the first course uses traditional tools for analysis taught in the second course. After that, we recommend taking the three remaining courses of the Foundation curriculum in sequential order, though you may take them in any order if that is better for your schedule.

  • BUD 501 Mind and Its World I

    Stay tuned for upcoming Mind and Its World I courses.

  • BUD 502 Clear Thinking

    Stay tuned for upcoming Clear Thinking courses.

  • BUD 510 Mind and Its World II
    BUD 510 Seattle, WA: Beginning September 16, 2015. Live inclass semester format (weekly classes). Instructors: Stuart Horn and Sandra Roscoe (Teacher in Training).
  • BUD 520 Mind and Its World III

    Stay tuned for upcoming Mind and Its World III courses.

  • BUD 530 Mind and Its World IV

    Stay tuned for upcoming Mind and Its World IV courses.

Find out more about our Foundation curriculum

Intermediate Courses

We recommend taking the four courses of the Intermediate curriculum in sequential order, though you may take them in any order if that is better for your schedule.

  • BUD 601 Chittamātra Philosophical Tradition: Appearances Are Mere Mind

    Stay tuned for upcoming Chittamātra Philosophical Tradition courses.

  • BUD 610 Madhyamaka Philosophical Tradition: Not Even a Middle

    Stay tuned for upcoming Madhyamaka Philosophical Tradition courses.

  • BUD 620 Paths and Bhūmis: The Path to Enlightenment

    Stay tuned for upcoming Paths and Bhūmis courses.

  • BUD 630 Buddha Nature: Luminous Heart of the Tathāgata

    Stay tuned for upcoming Buddha Nature courses.

Find out more about our Intermediate curriculum

Advanced Courses

The courses of the Advanced curriculum can be taken in any order.

  • BUD 700–703 Madhyamakāvatāra: The Chariot of the Takpo Kagyü Siddhas

    Stay tuned for upcoming Madhyamakāvatāra courses.

  • BUD 710 Abhisamayālamkāra I: The Noble One's Resting at Ease

    Stay tuned for upcoming Abhisamayālamkāra I courses

  • BUD 711 Abhisamayālamkāra II: The Noble One's Resting at Ease

    Stay tuned for upcoming Abhisamayālamkāra II courses.

  • BUD 760 Madhyāntavibhāga: The Distinction Between the Middle and Extremes

    Stay tuned for upcoming Madhyāntavibhāga courses.

  • BUD 770 Dharmadharmatāvibhāga: The Distinction Between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena

    Stay tuned for upcoming Dharmadharmatāvibhāga courses.

Find out more about our Advanced curriculum

    Stay tuned for upcoming Science of Healing courses.

2016 Nitartha Summer Institute

July 8 – August 6, 2016. (Tentative Dates) Will be held at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

We will provide details about the upcoming 2016 Summer Institute as soon as they are ready.

Find out more about the Summer Institute

Self-paced Online Courses

Our Self-Paced Online Courses are currently unavailable. A new online course schedule is currently in development. More details will be posted as soon as it is ready.

9-Day Courses

Stay tuned for upcoming 9-day courses.

Weekend Courses

Stay tuned for upcoming weekend courses.

Semester Courses

  • BUD 510 Mind and Its World II Seattle, WA: Live inclass. Semester format. September 16 - November 18, 2015. Instructors: Stuart Horn and Sandra Roscoe

Online Review Courses

Our Online Review Courses are currently unavailable. A new online course schedule is currently in development. More details will be posted as soon as it is ready.

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Contact: Tim Walton
twalton@nitarthainstitute.org

That which is clear and aware

- definition of mind

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