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.



Online Session with Nitartha Faculty: 

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Date: April 26, 2020 (10am Pacific Daylight Time)
Faculty: Israel Lifshitz
Topic: Madhayamaka

Individual sessions with Nitartha faculty about study topics in Nitartha’s curriculum.

Winter/Spring Semester courses currently in progress 

BUD 700 Madhyamakāvatāra I: Entrance to the Middle Way 

BUD 530: Mind and Its World IV (2019 Summer Institute cohort)

BUD620: Paths and Bhumis

For information about current semester classes, please feel free to write to our registrar, Elena Weiss, at eweiss@nitartha.institute.org.

Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOC)

Ongoing, at your convenience. These courses provide recordings materials from courses previously taught by Nitartha faculty. Click here for more information about SPOC.



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Help Nitartha Institute realize Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s vision to transplant Buddhism to the West and to train Western students in the full depth of the scholastic and meditative traditions.

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).