• BUD 501

BUD 530

Mind and Its World IV: Vaibhasika and Sautrantika Philosophical Tradition

Faculty: Israel Lifshitz

About this course: This is a new version of the Mind and Its World IV course, presents the path and result of foundational Buddhism as found in both the Vaibhasika and Sautrantika philosophical traditions, based on The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. The path consists of calm abiding and superior insight. Key topics such as the 4 Realities, the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness, the 12 links of dependent origination, and the 37 branches of enlightenment will be discussed. Each topic will have an experiential component of analytical meditation.


  • BUD 501


  • Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Acharya Kelsang Wangdi, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2023 edition
  • Sourcebook: Mind & Its World 4 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2024 edition.


Sundays January 21 - April 14, 2024, 8:00 - 9:30 am US Pacific Time



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Buddhist teacher, Jirka Hladiš teaching at Nitartha Institute.

Israel Lifshitz

Israel Lifshitz holds degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the National University of Mexico. He has been involved with Tibetan Buddhism since 1992 and has studied under Kagyu, Gelug, and Nyingma teachers. His teaching activities include courses and retreats in more than 35 cities throughout North, Central and South America and has served as translator into Spanish to more than 25 Tibetan and Western teachers. After meeting DPR, he joined Nitartha Institute in 2005, started teaching there in 2008, was authorized as a full faculty member in 2010, and translated all the root texts of the foundational and intermediate curriculum into Spanish.


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