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.
One might ask whether the bodhisattvas who abide on the bhūmis take birth in saṃsāra or not?
There is a debate about this point. Some say, for example, that bodhisattvas abiding on the first
bhūmi have gotten rid of the cause for taking birth in saṃsāra because they have eliminated grasping onto a self. According to the explanation found in the Gyü Lama, bodhisattvas who abide on the bhūmis have given up the cause for cycling in saṃsāra, but they have not given up the cause for taking birth in saṃsāra.
The Sautrantika School presents fifty-one congruently associated formations, otherwise
known as the fifty-one mental events or the fifty-one mental factors. The Vaibashika School presents forty-six mental factors. Knowing the key points about these mental events is very important for both shamatha and vipashyana meditation. Knowledge of these mental events can also play a key role in the future when the pointing out instructions of Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen are received.
The generality “flower” includes many types of flowers, white flowers, red flowers, yellow flowers, and so on. “Flowers” pervades all types of flowers. It includes the many phenomena that belong to its type. What is the included object? It is a particular instance of flower, for example, a specifically characterized phenomenon that we call “flower.”
These appearances of seeming reality are what determine our ordinary behavior. If they are not analyzed, they seem to be there and—mostly—function as we expect them to. Usually, our bodies are still there when we wake up in the morning and function in the same way as yesterday.
Fall Semester courses starting soon!
BUD 701 Madhyamakāvatāra II: Entrance to the Middle Way
BUD 502: Clear Thinking
BUD 520: Mind and Its World III
BUD 620: Paths and Bhumis
LAN 501 Continuing Colloquial Tibetan
LAN 511 Continuing Literary TibetanRegister!
For information about current semester classes, please feel free to write to our registrar, Elena Weiss, at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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).