NITARTHA (SKT.): DEFINITIVE MEANING
At Nitartha Institute, everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, the Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan Buddhist science of mind.
Like meditation, the discipline of study is understood to be a practice at Nitartha Institute. Under the guidance of highly trained and experienced Kagyü and Nyingma teachers, participants study, practice, and question what they learn in an atmosphere of generosity, good humor, and gentle yet rigorous analysis. To attend is to experience moments of heart transmission between teacher and student as the latent meaning of the dharma arises in the stream of day-to-day teaching and practice.
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Summer Institute website. Details about the new location at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and information about courses and prerequisites for the new unified program, Meditation and Study in Union, can be found on the new website. Registration for review and prerequisite classes is now open. […]
Join us for Acharya Kelzang Wangdi’s fourth year of teachings on the Eighth Karmapa’s commentary for Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Higher Knowledge (Abhidharmakośa) in Boulder, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 through Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. This course is an in-depth study of Abhidharmakośa – the seminal work of Buddhist Abhidharma tradition – based on the commentary by […]
The new book “A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart -The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra and Its Tibetan Commentaries” by Nitartha faculty member and renowned translator Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl will be available in November! In this book Karl offers translations of three versions of The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra. He accompanies them with translations of commentaries […]
What do we mean by “analytical meditation”? When we hear “analysis” or “investigation” we might think that we evaluate objects to identify what is positive and should be adopted and what is negative and should be discarded. In the context of analytical meditation, however, something entirely different is meant by analysis. In analytical meditation, we […]
The Five Sciences
The Buddhist educational tradition of ancient India can be summarized as the study of the ten aspects, or ten major fields, of human knowledge. These ten can be further summarized into five fields. These studies formed the focus of the traditional study programs at the great Buddhist universities, such as Nālandā in India and the Samye and Dzogchen monasteries in Tibet. Following the footsteps of the Lineage, Nitartha Institute presents a curriculum of the Five Sciences, which is delivered through four academic departments (Valid Cognition and Inner Science of Mind belonging to the Buddhist Studies department).