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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

Samdhinirmocana Sutra
(Pre-Summer)

REGISTRATION Closes on February 20, 2022 PREREQUISITES For students who attended the 2021 Summer Institute as well as for those who will be attending the 2022 Summer Institute. BUD 761 Samdhinirmocana Sutra The Sutra Unraveling the Intent [of the Buddha] is a crucial sutra for the Yogacara tradition of the third turning of the wheel of dharma. It is the classic source from the Buddha’s teachings for unraveling his intent behind teaching three different turnings of the wheel, as well as for his teachings on the eight consciousnesses, three natures, the ultimate and the path of meditation that leads to nondual

7 12, 2021

Samdhinirmocana Sutra
(Pre-Summer)

REGISTRATION Closes on February 20, 2022 PREREQUISITES For students who attended the 2021 Summer Institute as well as for those who will be attending the 2022 Summer Institute. BUD 761 Samdhinirmocana Sutra The Sutra Unraveling the Intent [of the Buddha] is a crucial sutra for the Yogacara tradition of the third turning of the wheel of dharma. It is the classic source from the Buddha’s teachings for unraveling his intent behind teaching three different turnings of the wheel, as well as for his teachings on the eight consciousnesses, three natures, the ultimate and the path of meditation that leads to nondual realization

7 12, 2021

BUD 555 Collected Topics Debate III

Registration is closed. We invite you to join the Summer Institute, check out our Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOC) or contact the registrar at eweiss@nitarthainstitute.org about future live semester courses. PREREQUISITES fall semester 2021 Debate II (BUD 554) BUD 555 Collected Topics Debate III Faculty: Alison McKee 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,

7 12, 2021

BUD 553 Collected Topics Debate I

Registration is closed. We invite you to join the Summer Institute, check out our Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOC) or contact the registrar at eweiss@nitarthainstitute.org about future live semester courses. PREREQUISITES Clear Thinking (BUD502) BUD 553 Collected Topics Debate I Faculty: Francis Sullivan This 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 debate content consists of the classification of objects in terms of entity from Collected Topics. PREREQUISITE:

6 12, 2021

LAN 532 Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature – Semester 3

Registration has closed. For questions contact Elena at eweiss@nitarthainstitute.org PREREQUISITES LAN 531 or equivalent LAN 532 Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature - Semester 3 This course is a continuation of the Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature series, which is oriented towards reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature. It uses Tokmé Zangbo’s famous 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva (རྒྱལ་སྲེཨ་ལག་ལེན་སོ་བདུན་མ།) as the basis for developing familiarity with Tibetan grammar and developing reading skills. Interesting and important grammatical points are explained in the context of specific passages. Opening and closing chants are done in Tibetan. Students are encouraged to practice reading aloud to learn the rhythms

6 12, 2021

LAN 512 Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan – Semester 3

REGISTRATION Registration has closed. For questions contact Elena at eweiss@nitarthainstitute.org PREREQUISITES LAN 511 or equivalent LAN 512 Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan - Semester 3 This course is a continuation of our Colloquial Tibetan series and is oriented toward continuing students who have had training in the Tibetan alphabet, spelling, and beginning dialogs. The emphasis of the course is on developing further fluency with spoken Tibetan both in listening and in speaking. Students focus on training in successively more complex Tibetan colloquial dialogs. Spoken Tibetan will be emphasized by the teacher during class and students are encouraged to use Tibetan when asking questions

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 and September

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