Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Mind

At Nitartha Institute, students gain authentic experience in Buddhist studies by gradually progressing through the views of different Buddhist philosophical systems, as well as by training in analysis, debate and meditation. The Nitartha curriculum is offered online and in person through semester courses, the intensive Summer Institute, and Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOC). Nitartha also offers courses in Tibetan language and the Buddhist Science of Art.

Rooted in the traditions of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages, Nitartha Institute courses are taught by highly renowned faculty: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, and several Western teachers including Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl, Scott Wellenbach, Dr. Phil Stanley, and many others. Attending Nitartha classes is an experience of precious moments of heart transmission between teacher and student.

2023 Summer Institute
The Union of Meditation and Study
In person at the University of Colorado, Boulder
and online

Registration is now open!

Nitartha’s yearly Summer Institute is a month-long program with three 9-day sessions. Join us for one, two or all three sessions:
Session 1: July 7—15 | Session 2: July 17—25 | Session 3: July 27—August 4


In addition to the main teaching, the Summer Institute includes:
Three levels of Mahamudra instruction and meditation
Five study curriculum courses
Tibetan language courses
Enhancement activities

Visit our Summer Institute website for all the details.

The 2023 spring semester is under way, and all online!

  • BUD 502 Pensar Claramente

    Sep 8 – Oct 20

  • BUD 530 Mind and Its World IV: Sautrantika Philosophical Tradition

    Ene 22 – Abr 16

  • BUD 553 Temas Selectos Debate I

  • BUD 620 Paths and Bhumis

    Ene 18 – Abr 26

  • BUD 654 Sautrantika Debate

    Ene 22 – Abr 30

  • BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning

    Feb 7 – Jun 27

  • Continuing Colloquial Tibetan

  • LAN 532 Continuing Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature (Semester 3)

    Ene 19 – May 11

Featured Self-Paced Online Courses

  • BUD 700 Madhyamakavatara I (SPOC)

  • BUD 701 Madhyamakavatara II: Entrance to the Middle Way – Semester 1 (SPOC)

  • BUD 701 Madhyamakavatara II: Entrance to the Middle Way – Semester 2 (SPOC)

Our entire foundation and intermediate curricula are also available as Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOC). SPOC are taken through the Moodle platform and provide recorded teachings of all the classes along with all the materials: handouts, study questions, quizzes and exams. Students have 9 months to complete a course.

Click here for a full listing of all our Self-Paced Online Courses.

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Analytical Meditation: Taming the Mind.


How To Look For The Self In The Skandhas
by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

If we find that our thoughts self originate within the five skandhas, then we should search through each of the five skandhas individually.

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