AI generated image of a person walking through a maze. Mind & Its World III Nitartha Institute Semester Course


  • BUD 501

BUD 520

Mind and Its World III: Vaibhashika Philosophical Tradition

Faculty: Dr. Francis Sullivan

This course is an exposition of the Vaibashika and Sautrantika philosophical views, based on the The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text and the new Mind and Its world III Sourcebook. The presentation of these views are based on teachings given by Acharya Kelzang Wangdi on the Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Systems to Fresh Minds root text during the 2009 and 2010 Summer Institutes. His talks have been incorporated into the new Mind and Its World III Sourcebook.

If you have already taken this course, now is the perfect time to gain a “new and undeceiving” perspective on this material. And, as a repeat student, you will receive a 50% tuition discount.

Register here to take advantage of this excellent opportunity!


  • 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.
  • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama
    Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications.

Visit Nitartha Publications to order your texts.


Sundays, September 17, 2023 - December 17, 2023, 7:30 AM-9:00 AM Pacific Time



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.


Buddhist teacher, Dr. Francis Sullivan teaching at Nitartha Institute.

Dr. Francis Sullivan


Francis Sullivan has been a practitioner and a student of Tibetan Buddhism since the early 1980s. He began his studies at Nitartha Institute in 2008 and in 2019 was made a fully authorized faculty member for the Shedra program. Francis holds a PhD in Biochemistry and lives and teaches in Boulder Colorado.