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23 12, 2023

Presummer Mahamudra Vipashyana I

2024-01-29T16:12:23-08:00Categories: reg-semester, registration|

Pre-summer Course Mahamudra Vipashyana-I Starting February 2, 2024 Application Deadline: January 26, 2024 We invite you to take this recorded course of 2022 teachings by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen if: You are going to attend the 2024 Summer Institute You have previously taken Mahamudra shamatha at a Nitartha Summer Institute You would like to qualify for Mahamudra Vipashyana-II at the Summer Institute A non-refundable deposit of US$500 (one session of the 2024 Summer Institute) is required at the time of registration for this pre-summer course to guarantee attendance at the Summer Institute. (Note: Either this Mahamudra pre-summer course or one Mahamudra review course can

21 12, 2023

Mahamudra Review Courses

2024-01-29T16:09:11-08:00Categories: reg-semester, registration|

Mahamudra Review Courses Mahamudra Shamatha, Vipashyana-I, and Vipashyana-II Have you taken Mahamudra Shamatha, Mahamudra Vipashyana-I, and/or Mahamudra Vipashyana-II at a Nitartha Summer Institute? If so, we invite you to review any one of those Mahamudra levels that you have previously attended. The courses are recorded teachings of: Mahamudra shamatha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2014 (Chinese in audio only) Dates: February 2 - June 13, 2024 19 classes Cost: $200 Mahamudra Vipashyana-I by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen in 2022 Dates: February 2 - March 29, 2024 (19 classes) Cost: $100 Mahamudra Vipashyana-II by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen in 2023 Dates: February 2 - May 30, 2024

7 09, 2023

BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning – Chapter 1 (SPOC)

2023-12-13T14:34:07-08:00Categories: Blog, reg-spoc, registration|

BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning - Chapter 1 (SPOC) Faculty: {!{types field='faculty' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} This is the first of a series of teachings by Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi on Sakya Paṇḍita’s entire Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning. Acharya Lama Kelzang will begin to teach chapter 1, “Investigation of the Object.” This chapter sets forth the major terminology of the tradition of valid cognition: valid cognition and mistaken cognition, their related objects that are things, non-things, and clearly appearing non-existents, and the modes of engagement of objects as appearing objects, referent objects, and objects of engagement. The theories of perception of the Vaibhāṣikas

13 12, 2022

BUD 553 Collected Topics Debate I

2023-12-30T09:38:55-08:00Categories: reg-semester, registration|

REGISTRATION Click here to register now PREREQUISITES BUD 502 BUD 553 Collected Topics Debate I FACULTY: {!{types field='faculty'}!}{!{/types}!} This foundation debate course offers a methodical training in elementary debate skills on the basis of the Clear Thinking course. Students train in formulating reasonings with correct and seeming reasons and utilize them in debate by learning how to challenge the first mode (the relationship between the subject and the reason). The debate content consists of the classification of objects in terms of entity from Collected Topics. PREREQUISITE: BUD 502 REQUIRED TEXTS: None DATES & TIMES: {!{types

13 12, 2022

BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning

2023-12-13T12:18:31-08:00Categories: Acharya Kelsang Wangdi, Advanced Curriculum, reg-EN, reg-semester, registration, Valid Cognition|

Register Here PREREQUISITES Anyone who is interested may take this course, however, it is recommended that studens have finished Nitartha Institute's Foundation and Intermediate curricula, or Mind and Its World I and II at a minimum. BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning Faculty: {!{types field='faculty' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} Course Description: This course is the continuation (Chapter 3) of an in-depth study of Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning, (tshad ma rigs gter) by renowned scholar Sakya Pandita (1182-1251) – an influential work that inaugurated a new period of pramana studies in Tibet by focusing particularly on Dharmakirti’s Pramanavarttika and identifying

9 03, 2022

BUD 500 Analytical Meditation I (SPOC)

2022-03-15T20:00:31-07:00Categories: reg-spoc, registration|

BUD 500 Analytical Meditation I (SPOC) This course is a systematic training in the meditation of special insight in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Having first established a ground of calm abiding, students engage in analytical vipashyana or insight meditation into how our use of conceptuality contributes to the creation of karma and kleśa, and how to reverse that process by contemplating identitylessness, emptiness. The course will cover Part I on the Common Samadhis, from Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā. Faculty; Jirka HladišPREREQUISITES: It is strongly recommended that students have taken some courses in the Foundational Curriculum. REQUIRED TEXTS: Part I on Common Samadhis from

12 12, 2021

BUD 630 Buddha Nature: Luminous Heart of the Tathagata (SPOC)

2022-06-11T09:04:23-07:00Categories: reg-spoc, registration|

BUD 630 Buddha Nature: Luminous Heart of the Tathagata (SPOC) This course is an exposition of the Tathāgatagarbha philosophical tradition, based on The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra: Fourth Vajra Point root text. Students cultivate certainty in the view of Buddha nature—the essence of awakening present in all beings. The Fourth Vajra Point of the Uttaratantra establishes Buddha nature through three reasonings, its ten aspects, nine analogies and five reasons why it is necessary to teach it. PREREQUISITES: BUD 501 is required, and it is recommended that all four Mind and Its World courses be taken before taking level 3. REQUIRED TEXTS: Root

12 12, 2021

BUD 620 Paths and Bhumis: The Path to Enlightenment (SPOC)

2022-03-15T20:20:02-07:00Categories: reg-spoc, registration|

BUD 620 Paths and Bhumis: The Path to Enlightenment (SPOC) 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, the ten bodhisattva bhumis, as well as the result: nirvana, kayas, wisdoms and enlightened activity. PREREQUISITES: BUD 501, BUD 510, BUD 520, BUD 530, BUD 601, BUD 610, BUD 630 REQUIRED TEXTS: Root Text: The Presentation of Bhumis, Paths & Results

12 12, 2021

BUD 610 Madhyamaka Philosophical Tradition: Not Even a Middle (SPOC)

2021-12-28T12:00:35-08:00Categories: reg-spoc, registration|

BUD 610 Madhyamaka Philosophical Tradition: Not Even a Middle (SPOC) This course is an overview of the Madhyamaka tradition of the Mahayana, which propounds the view of shunyata, the emptiness of all phenomena, which is the transcendence of all views, the ultimate freedom from all reference points and discursiveness. We will study the presentation of the two realities (ultimate and seeming), the differences and commonalities between the subschools of Prasangika and Svatantrika, the rangtong-shentong distinction, the array of reasonings that Madhyamikas use to deconstruct the notions of a personal self and really existing phenomena, the Madhyamaka-style four foundations of mindfulness (based on the ninth chapter

12 12, 2021

BUD 601 Cittamatra Philosophical Tradition: Appearances Are Mere Mind (SPOC)

2021-12-28T11:59:03-08:00Categories: reg-spoc, registration|

BUD 601 Cittamatra Philosophical Traditions: Appearances Are Mere Mind (SPOC) This course is an exposition of the Cittamatra philosophical tradition, based on The Mind Only Tenet System root text. Students engage in the philosophical reformulation of experience arising from meditation practice, declaring reasonings that establish objects as not separate from mind. This is followed by the presentation of the true and false aspectarians and the classification of knowable objects into the three natures, as well as the theory of the eight-fold collection of consciousness. PREREQUISITES: BUD 501, BUD 510, BUD 520, BUD 530 REQUIRED TEXTS: Root text: The Mind Only Tenet

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