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.
The first step in a session of analytical meditation thus is the proper attitude and motivation. The second step is to sit in the correct posture. For analytical meditation, the physical posture is straightforward. Simply sit with crossed legs, keeping your back as straight as possible while at the same time staying relaxed. The upper part of the body should feel light, while the lower part of the body should feel more weighty and stable.
Thank you to all of you that helped us reach our ambitious goal in 2019!
1) Pre-Summer Online Course Registration is Now Open
2) New Discussion groups
3) New Advanced Online Course
4) Online Semester Courses
5) The 2020 Summer Institute
6) Self-paced Online Courses
Plans are in the making for the 2020 Summer Institute, where meditation and study will be joined again! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.
Session 1: 10–18 July 2020
Session 2: 20–28 July 2020
Session 3: 30 July–8 August 2020
Online Session with Nitartha Faculty:
Date: April 26, 2020 (10am Pacific Daylight Time)
Faculty: Israel Lifshitz
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 email@example.com.
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).