We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Summer Institute website. Details about the new location at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and information about courses and prerequisites for the new unified program, Meditation and Study in Union, can be found on the new website. Registration for review and prerequisite classes is now open. Summer Program registration will open in early spring.
Join us for Acharya Kelzang Wangdi’s fourth year of teachings on the Eighth Karmapa’s commentary for Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Higher Knowledge (Abhidharmakośa) in Boulder, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 through Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.
This course is an in-depth study of Abhidharmakośa – the seminal work of Buddhist Abhidharma tradition – based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). Abhidharmakośa consists of eight chapters. The first six chapters, taught in three previous retreats, cover topics of phenomenology (skandhas, āyatanas, dhātus); the truth of suffering; the outer vessel (the world) and its inner contents (sentient beings); and karma, from which the world and its beings arise; mental afflictions, as well as the path of relinquishing afflictions.
This time, Acharya Kelzang will be teaching the last two chapters, seven and eight, covering topics of wisdoms gained on the path, and absorptions from which the wisdoms arise. Acharya Kelzang will teach in Tibetan, with oral translation by Jules Levinson. The teachings will be presented in the format of an intensive two-week retreat.
For more information, please see the Abhidharmakosha program page.
The new book “A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart -The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra and Its Tibetan Commentaries” by Nitartha faculty member and renowned translator Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl will be available in November!
In this book Karl offers translations of three versions of The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra. He accompanies them with translations of commentaries by three famous Tibetan masters: Jigmé Lingpa, the Fifteenth Karmapa, and Tsültrim Sangpo. Typical for Karl’s works, you will find rich annotation and appendices in this book, including additional translations from Jigmé Lingpa, Longchenpa, and Patrul Rinpoche.
This publication offers you the opportunity to deepen our understanding of Dzogchen and of our own nature.
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Curious about the Summer Institute? Come check out our programs for one day!
On Saturday, July 14th, 2018 we are offering an Open House at the Summer Institute on the Western Washington University campus in Bellingham, WA. On this day you are welcome to attend any of the classes. You can mix and match classes in Buddhist Studies, Meditation, Thangka Painting, Mudra Space Awareness and Tibetan, as well as attend teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche!
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, about 90 minutes north of Seattle. For directions to Fairhaven College, home of Nitartha Summer Institute 2018, click here.
Saturday, July 14, 2018 anytime after 8:00 am.
For planning purposes, we kindly ask that you let us know if you are coming by filling out a short form. Register Now!
We are happy to announce that we will again offer Tibetan language classes at the Summer Institute 2018!
The Introduction to Tibetan class is oriented toward beginners who have little knowledge of Tibetan butwould like to gain some familiarity with the language and how it is translated into English. You will learn the alphabet and pronunciation and learn some songs of Milarepa and how to chant them, while at the same time investigate their meaning in both Tibetan and in English. You will gain a richer understanding of the songs composed by one of Tibet’s great masters.
The Tibetan Reading Class is for students who know the Tibetan alphabet and have a basic grasp of Tibetan grammar. You will read sections from various texts within the Nyingma tradition, such as Lama Mipham’s Lamp of Certainty (nges shes ‘gron me) or the Testament of Padma (padma bka’ thang) and possibly from the text used for Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s main daily lectures at the Institute; interesting and important grammatical points will be explained in the context of specific passages.
Both classes are held by professional and experienced Tibetan translators: Gerry Wiener and Mark Seibold.
Karma Dechen Choling is honoured to host this historical, very first presentation of the 6th Shamarpa’s Presentation of a Summary of the Common Teachings, Smiling Radiance of the Laughing Mañjugośa in the West. Acharya Lama Kelsang Wangdi will present the teachings with translation into English by Ani Chöying and Polish by Tomasz Szczygielski.
12–21 January 2018
Karma Dechen Choling
Center of Buddhism Mahayana
Jana Nowaka Jeziorańskiego Street 49/U12
Poland, 03-982 Warsaw
Opening lecture: 12 January 2018, 19:00–20:30 (CET)
13–21 January 2018
9:00–18:00 daily : 3 sessions + discussion group
- €100 payable via bank transfer or in cash at the beginning of program
- Online participation possible through webinar platform
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Many thanks to Scott Wellenbach for structural support, Christopher Stagg for translating the original Tibetan text into English and Ani Chöying (Alexandra Kerry Pendleton), who will come from India to translate.
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30 Sept–8 Oct 2016
A nine day intensive Nitartha program was held Friday 30 Sept – Saturday 8 Oct, 2016 in downtown Warsaw’s beautiful, brand new, Dharma center. Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen has said that the center, known as Karma Dechen Choling, “delights all the Buddhas of the three times.”
More than twenty students from Poland and Greece participated in the program. For seven students, this was their final course of the Intermediate Curriculum and they obtained the certificate of completion signed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at the celebratory ceremony which marked the end of the program.
此期佛學營共設《五道十地：通向證悟的菩薩道》及《分析性禪修》倆課。由導師葉卡·哈迪斯（Jirka Hladiš）主講，教師培訓生托馬斯·史奇基爾斯基（Tomasz Szczygielski）助講。課程為英文講授，并提供波蘭語同聲翻譯。
Two courses were offered: BUD 620 Paths and Bhūmis: The Path to Enlightenment and BUD 500 Analytical Meditation I: Insight Meditation with Eighteen Dhatus, both taught by faculty Jirka Hladis with support of teacher in training Tomasz Szczygielski. The lectures were given in English with simultaneous translation into Polish. The course materials were available in both English and Polish. Students came to the intensive program very well prepared though previous weekly preparatory discussion group in person or via skype facilitated by Tomasz.
Each day of the intensive program started with optional Lujong and continued with one session of the Paths and Bhūmis and Analytical Meditation courses in the morning and one in the afternoon. A lively discussion of the topics from the previous lectures ensued during the lunch and dinners.
Mind & Its World I and
This fall in Boulder, Colorado we have many students both local and online studying the foundational curriculum in the BUD 501 Mind & Its World I and BUD 502 Clear Thinking courses. Our own long-time faculty member Jirka Hladiš is presenting Mind & Its World I; he has been a part of Nitartha Intitute since 2002 and a faculty member since 2007. In addition we have two new teachers-in-training presenting the Clear Thinking course: Susan Aposhyan and Francis Sullivan. Susan Aposhyan lives here in Boulder and is a psychotherapist, writer, and teacher. She formally was a student of Trungpa Rinpoche, and now practices under Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Francis has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2004 and before that was a student of Trungpa Rinpoche and Osel Tendzin. When he is not practicing and studying he is doing biochemistry research and riding his bike.
今秋在克羅拉多州的博德市，正知學院的姐妹組織那蘭陀菩提博德中心，有美、加、新西蘭、丹麥等世界各地的32位同學以現場或網上校園遠程參與的形式，開始了心類學第一階課程的學習 。主教導師葉卡·哈迪斯（Jirka Hladiš）已在正知學院從事佛學內明課程教學近10年。另有蘇珊·艾泊嫻 （Susan Aposhyan）和弗蘭西斯·薩利文（Francis Sullivan）倆位導師培訓生也參與了教學。隨喜同學們歡聚那蘭陀中心探索心性本質，融佛法與日常的修持與生活中。
Located in right in the entrance to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Boulder Canyon, Nalandabodhi Boulder has been a home to the Nalandabodhi Mandala since 1996. We recently renovated the shrine room and this has set a vivid and luminous atmosphere for giving these teaching. With a very high online enrollment this year we are joined by thirty-two students all around the world from New Zealand to Denmark. Together with this vibrant community we are cultivating the investigative mind and bringing the buddhadharma into practice and our daily lives.
Starting in October 2016, the Nitartha Institute is pleased to present two Foundation Curriculum courses in semester format.
In Seattle, WA Carmen Rumbaut and Sandra Roscoe, PhD will be teaching BUD 530 Mind and Its World IV: Vaibhāshika and Sautrāntika Philosophical Traditions. In Boulder, CO Jirka Hladiš will teach BUD 501 Mind and Its World I and BUD 502 Clear Thinking. These semester courses are also open to online students, too.