Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Mind

At Nitartha Institute, students gain authentic experience in Buddhist studies by gradually progressing through the views of different Buddhist philosophical systems, as well as by training in analysis, debate and meditation. The Nitartha curriculum is offered online and in person through semester courses, the intensive Summer Institute, and Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOC). Nitartha also offers courses in Tibetan language and the Buddhist Science of Art.

Rooted in the traditions of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages, Nitartha Institute courses are taught by highly renowned faculty: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, and several Western teachers including Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl, Scott Wellenbach, Dr. Phil Stanley, and many others. Attending Nitartha classes is an experience of precious moments of heart transmission between teacher and student.

Fall courses are underway!

Class recordings will be available until February 21, 2024.

  • BUD 502 Clear Thinking

    Sep 6 – Dec 6

  • BUD 520 Mind and Its World III

    Sep 17 – Dec 17

  • BUD 600 Analytical Meditation II

    Sep 5 – Dec 12

  • BUD 654 Sautrantika Debate

    Sep 17 – Dec 10

  • BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning

    Sep 4 – Dec 18

  • BUD 703 Madhyamakāvatāra IV: Entrance to the Middle Way

    Sep 9 – Dec 9

  • Semester Tibetan Language Courses

    Sep 12 – Dec 19

Our entire foundation and intermediate curricula are also available as Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOC). SPOC are taken through the Moodle platform and provide recorded teachings of all the classes along with all the materials: handouts, study questions, quizzes and exams. Students have 9 months to complete a course.

Click here for a full listing of all our Self-Paced Online Courses.

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Analytical Meditation: Taming the Mind.


How To Look For The Self In The Skandhas
by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

If we find that our thoughts self originate within the five skandhas, then we should search through each of the five skandhas individually.

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