If you have previously taken this course but did not take the fall 2022 semester, please contact Elena to register, at


  • Fall 2022 Paths & Bhumis, semester 1 or having previously taken this course.

BUD 620

Paths & Bhumis: The Path to Enlightenment

FACULTY: Jirka Hladiš

This course is an exposition of the Buddhist path based on The Presentation of Bhumis, Paths & Results in the Treasury of Knowledge root text. Students learn what is necessary for entering and progressing on the path and what the goal of spiritual journey is, through exploring the five paths,¿ and the ten bodhisattva bhūmis, as well as the result: nirvana, kāyas, wisdoms and enlightened activity.


  • Fall 2022 Paths & Bhumis course or having taken this course prior to that date. If you have taken this course previously and would like to register, please contact Elena at


  • Root text: The Presentation of Bhumis, Paths & Results in the Treasury of Knowledge (Salam), by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Commentary on The Presentation of Paths Bhumis, & Results in the Causal Vehicle of Characteristics from the Treasury of Knowledge by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye, by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl, Nitartha Institute Publications

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This is a 2-semester course.
Spring semester: Wednesdays January 18, 2023 - April 26, 2023, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm Pacific Time

COST covers both fall and spring semester:


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, Jirka Hladiš teaching at Nitartha Institute.

Jirka Hladiš


Jirka Hladiš has studied under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 1997. He joined Nitartha Institute in 2002 and was authorized as a faculty member in 2007. Jirka’s interest is in approaching study, analytical meditation and debate as a unified tool for spiritual transformation. Jirka holds graduate degrees both in engineering from Prague Technical University and in Buddhist studies from Naropa University.