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12 12, 2021

BUD 520 Mind and Its World III: Vaibhashika Philosophical Tradition (SPOC)

BUD 520 Mind & Its World III: Vaibhashika Philosophical Tradition (SPOC) This course is an exposition of the Vaibhashika philosophical tradition, based on The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. Students explore foundational classifications of knowable objects: the five bases, five aggregates, twelve sources and eighteen constituents, followed by the presentation of the Vaibhashika theory of causation from Collected Topics and the twelve links of dependent origination. PREREQUISITE: BUD 501 REQUIRED TEXTS: Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Acharya Kelsang

12 12, 2021

BUD 510 Mind and Its World II: Modes of Engagement & Mental Events (SPOC)

BUD 510 Mind & Its World II: Modes of Engagement & Mental Events (SPOC) This course completes the introductory exposition of topics drawn from the Pramāna and Abhidhama traditions, based on the Classifications of Mind and Collected Topics root texts. It provides students with the tools for delineating conceptual and non-conceptual mind in meditation, known as the essential modes of engagement of mind. This is followed by the exposition of Buddhist psychology — classification of consciousness into primary minds and mental events. PREREQUISITE: BUD 501 REQUIRED TEXTS: Root text: Classifications of Mind (Lorik), by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Nitartha Institute Publications

12 12, 2021

BUD 502 Clear Thinking (SPOC)

BUD 502 Clear Thinking (SPOC) This course is an introductory exposition of knowable objects drawn from the Abhidhama tradition, based on Collected Topics root text. Students learn methods for thinking clearly by formulating definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications, and by exploring the four types of logical relationships between two phenomena. PREREQUISITE: None. REQUIRED TEXTS: Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications Clear Thinking Workbook, Nitartha Institute Publications COST: ${!{types field='course-cost' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} Nitartha’s Payment Plan and Financial Assistance (PPFA) program is funded by fellow students to support those who would not be able to

7 12, 2021

BUD 501 Mind and Its World I: Valid Cognition (SPOC)

BUD 501 Mind and Its World I: Valid Cognition (SPOC) This course is an introductory exposition of topics drawn from the Pramāna tradition, based on the Classifications of Mind root text. Students explore the criteria for the validity of cognition, the fourfold classification of direct valid cognition, seeming direct cognition and non-valid cognition. PREREQUISITE: None. REQUIRED TEXTS: Root text: Classifications of Mind (Lorik), by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Nitartha Institute Publications Mind & Its World 1 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications COST: ${!{types field='course-cost' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} Nitartha’s Payment Plan and Financial Assistance (PPFA) program is funded by fellow students to support

7 12, 2021

BUD 554/555 Collected Topics Debate II-III

If you took debate during 2022 spring semester please contact Elena, our registrar at eweiss@nitarthainstitute.org to register PREREQUISITES For the 2022 spring semester debate students BUD 554-555 Collected Topics Debate II-III Faculty: Francis Sullivan This course trains in enhancing debate skills on the basis of the skills acquired in the Collected Topics Debate I and II courses. This includes bringing absurd consequences into debate as a technique and mastering the shorter form of formulating reasoning and modes challenge. The debate content consists of classification of objects in terms of entity, the methods that lead to cognition of objects, classification of things

6 12, 2021

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

BUD 701: Semester two Madhyamakavatara II: Entrance to the Middle Way - Semester Two (SPOC) This course explores Chandrakīrti’s extended presentation of the two truths and the introductory part of his refutation of Chittamātra view from the sixth chapter of his Madhyamakāvatāra, which is on Prajna (verses 6.24-6.47). This is the third in an in-depth series of courses on this text based on the commentary by the Eighth Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554) and the oral teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. This Nitartha Online Campus course features audio recordings of 12 lectures given by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute, Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, Canada in August

6 12, 2021

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

BUD 701: Semester One Madhyamakavatara II: Entrance to the Middle Way - Semester 1 (SPOC) This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Chandrakīrti’s Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). Students study the first part of the sixth chapter on the pāramitā of prajñā, which is at the heart of the entire text, presenting the reasoning for realizing emptiness by refuting arising from the four extremes. This section also includes a presentation of the distinction between the Prāsangika and Svātantrika Schools of Madhyamaka. This Nitartha Online Campus course features audio recordings of 12 lectures given by Dzogchen

6 12, 2021

BUD 700 Madhyamakavatara I (SPOC)

BUD 700 Madhyamakavatara I: Entrance to the Middle Way (SPOC) This course is an in-depth study of Chandrakīrti's Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). It begins with the presentation of the Madhyamaka of the model texts followed by a close examination of the first five Madhyamakāvatāra's chapters, which correlate with the first five bodhisattva bhūmis. Several difficult points are covered, such as the three reasons which prove that arhats realize selflessness of persons. The course features audio recordings of 15 lectures given by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute, Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, Canada in June 1997, verse by

13 10, 2021

LAN 514 Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan (continued)

LAN 514 Continuation of Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan {!{types field='start-date' style='text' format='F j, Y'}!}{!{/types}!}-{!{types field='end-date' style='text' format='F j, Y'}!}{!{/types}!} REGISTER NOW Dates and Times: Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30pm Pacific Time, October 3 - December 19, 2022 Faculty:  Nima Bhuti This is a continuation of the 2022 Summer Institute course. It is for those students who already have some established grounding in colloquial Tibetan. The focus will be to gain further fluency in reading, speaking, and listening to Tibetan using the Central Tibetan dialect. Classes will mostly be in Tibetan with minimal English. We will focus on completing Chapters 10 and 11 of The

12 10, 2021

LAN 531 Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature (Semester 2)

REGISTER NOW Faculty: Mark Seibold  This course is a continuation of LAN530 and is similarly oriented towards reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature, largely from the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions. The class is structured as a translation committee. Each student is given an opportunity to read a passage aloud and offer their translation to the group. Then we collectively analyze the translation and discuss difficult points of phrasing and grammar in the context of the specific passage. Through this process the entire group benefits from the confusion and insights of each participant (inlcuding, at times, the instructor). Time is also alloted to studying Tibetan grammar using

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