Closes on February 20, 2022


For students who attended the 2021 Summer Institute as well as for those who will be attending the 2022 Summer Institute.

BUD 761

Samdhinirmocana Sutra

The Sutra Unraveling the Intent [of the Buddha] is a crucial sutra for the Yogacara tradition of the third turning of the wheel of dharma. It is the classic source from the Buddha’s teachings for unraveling his intent behind teaching three different turnings of the wheel, as well as for his teachings on the eight consciousnesses, three natures, the ultimate and the path of meditation that leads to nondual realization of the ultimate.

We were fortunate to receive Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s teaching on this sutra at the 2021 Summer Institute, and Rinpoche will be continuing to teach this at the 2022 Summer Institute. The pre-summer course consists of Rinpoche’s teachings from the 2021 Summer Institute (18 talks).


  1. Having attended the 2021 Summer Institute or
  2. If you did not attend the 2021 Summer Institute, attendance at the 2022 Summer Institute is required. (A deposit for the 2022 Summer Institute will need to be made when registering for this pre-summer course.)


New students: $300 plus a $350 deposit on the Summer Institute
Repeat students: $150


  • For students who attended the 2021 Summer Institute as well as for those who will be attending the 2022 Summer Institute.


A version of the translation of the Samdhinirmocana sutra can be found on the 84,000 project webpage.


Please note that each class will be available for viewing for 7 days, on a set schedule between Friday February 25 and Friday June 24, 2022. (First talk opens on February 25, last talk closes on June 24, 2022.)


Nitartha’s Payment Plan and Financial Assistance (PPFA) program is funded by fellow students to support those who would not be able to attend the Institute’s courses without this assistance. To request aid, please fill out the PPFA application before you register for the course. (Note that financial assistance is not applicable to the Summer Institute deposit.)


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Nitartha’s president and spiritual director, founded Nitartha Institute under the guidance of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, two of the leading contemporary teachers of the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is renowned as one of the foremost scholars of his generation in the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a graduate of the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek and has completed courses of study in English and comparative religion at Columbia University. Rinpoche is an accomplished meditation master, calligrapher, visual artist, and poet. He travels and teaches widely and is well-versed in Western culture and technology. He is known for his warmth, humor, and lucid presentation of Buddhist teachings in a manner relevant to contemporary life.