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13 12, 2022

BUD 553 Collected Topics Debate I

REGISTRATION Click here to register now PREREQUISITES BUD 502 BUD 553 Collected Topics Debate I FACULTY: Alison McKee 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: Tuesdays

13 12, 2022

BUD 654 Sautrantika Debate

Register now PREREQUISITES Fall 2023 Debate II-III or having completed the foundation debate curriculum BUD 654 Sautrantika Debate Faculty: Dr. Francis Sullivan This intermediate debate course trains in formally debating the tenets of the Sautrāntika philosophical tradition. Debate topics in this class center around the proof of subtle impermanence —the reason of non-dependency that proves that entities do not rely on another cause for their momentary cessation other than their own dependently arisen appearance. PREREQUISITE: Fall 2023 Debate II-III or having completed the foundation debate curriculum REQUIRED TEXTS: None DATES & TIMES: Sundays {!{types

13 12, 2022

BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning

REGISTRATION REGISTER NOW 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: Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi Course Description: 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. Starting February 7, 2023, he will teach on chapter 1, “Investigation of the Object.” This chapter sets forth the major terminology of the tradition

24 07, 2022

BUD 620 Paths and Bhumis

REGISTRATION If you have previously taken this course but did not take the fall 2022 semester, please contact Elena to register, at eweiss@nitarthainstitute.org PREREQUISITES 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

9 03, 2022

BUD 500 Analytical Meditation I (SPOC)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

12 12, 2021

BUD 530 Mind and Its World IV: Sautrantika Philosophical Tradition (SPOC)

BUD 530 Mind & Its World IV: Sautrantika Philosophical Tradition (SPOC) This course is an exposition of the Sautrantika philosophical tradition, followed by the presentation of the path and result of foundational Buddhism, based on The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. Students explore classifications of knowable object into specifically and generally characterized phenomena as well as the Sautrantika’s distinct presentation of the five aggregates. The path consists of calm abiding and superior insight. PREREQUISITE: BUD 501 REQUIRED TEXTS: Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche,

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