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.
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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!
The Summer Institute 2018 will be held from July 6 – August 2, 2018 in Bellingham, Washington! Join us for another summer of incredible teachings.
The two primary tracks at the Summer Institute are complementary and feed back into each other. The Shedra track emphasizes learning the crucial distinctions about mind and processes of consciousness – like a decoder key to the pith instructions for training on the path. The Gomdra track emphasizes meditative practice as the method to discover, experience, and integrate new possibilities for being, sanity, and wisdom. As learning and insight develop in the Shedra, this enhances meditative experience. As meditative experience deepens, more advanced studies become relevant and meaningful.
Teachers at the Summer Institute include:
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, leading master of the Kagyü & Nyingma lineages and founder of Nitartha Institute and Nalandabodhi.
Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Professor of Buddhist Studies at Naropa University and head teacher at Nalandabodhi.
Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl, translator and teacher at Nalandabodhi
… and many more eastern and western senior teachers & scholars!
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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.
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At Nalanda West, Seattle: May 9-28, 2016
Join us for Acharya Kelzang Wangdi’s third year of teachings on Eighth Karmapa’s commentary for Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Higher Knowledge (Abhidharmakośha) at Nalanda West, in Seattle, Monday, May 9th through Saturday, May 28th.
He will be teaching Chapter 6, which is on the path as presented by the Vaibhāṣhikas and Sautrāntikas. The chapter begins with the four noble truths and the two truths, and then goes into the details of the stages of the path, which are analogous to the five paths of the Mahāyāna tradition.
For context, these teachings are part of Nitartha Institute’s Advanced Curriculum and are related to the Mind and Its World III and Mind and Its World IV courses of Nitartha’s Foundation Curriculum, and to the Paths and Bhumis course of the Intermediate Curriculum. Vasubandhu’s text is one of two final texts we need taught to complete the translation of oral teachings into English for all the major texts of the Tibetan monastic college (shedra) curriculum. After 20 years of such teaching and translation effort, we are now within about two years of finishing the first set of teachings on all these major texts.
You are invited to drop-in and attend any class session you would like! No registration necessary. The daily schedule is:
Class: 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Class: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Classes will be held in the Vajra Spot at Nalanda West and will run Monday through Saturday, with Sundays off, Monday, May 9th to Saturday, May 28th (except no classes on Friday and Saturday May 20-21). It is suggested that students offer a donation for attending talks, but everyone is welcome to attend even without making a donation.
You do not need to have completed Nitartha’s Foundation or Intermediate courses to attend this course. Acharya Kelzang Wangdi teaches as a practitioner for practitioners, so, while the material can be detailed, he regularly connects the material to one’s practice.
You are warmly invited to attend any session of the course that fits your schedule.
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103
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BUD 520 Mind and Its World III: Causality, Karma Cause & Effect, and Four Applications of Mindfulness
Instructor: Stuart Horn, PhD
Teacher in Training: Sandra Roscoe, PhD
Attendance: Online & In-class
Nalanda West, Vajra Spot
Meeting Times: 11 Wednesdays: March 23 – June 1, 2016 (7 – 8:30 pm PST)
This course begins with a brief review of mind and its functions, or mental events, followed by a detailed phenomenological account of causes and results from the Abhidharma and the presentation of the twelve links of dependent origination which is Buddha’s response to the perennial questions of where we came from, where we are now, and where we are heading. There will also be a discussion of the Path of Special Insight and the four applications of mindfulness.
- Root text: Classifications of Mind (Lorik), by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds, by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche & Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications:
- Mind & Its World 2 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications
- Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications
Texts may be purchased from the Nalandabodhi Bookstore: http://nalandastore.com
- Primary minds and mental events
- Causes, conditions and results by entity
- Terminological classification of causes and results
- Twelve links of interdependence
- Karma: cause and effect
- The Path of Special Insight
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After a period of hiatus, Nitartha Institute is happy to announce that we have reopened our Self-Paced Online Courses! (SPOCs)
Our entire Foundation and Intermediate curriculums are available as SPOCs. These are full, complete, archived versions of courses that were previously taught by experienced and dedicated faculty members.
You can take these classes online, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home through streaming video or downloadable audio. By taking advantage of these self-paced online courses, you can progress through the Nitartha Institute Curriculum at a schedule and pace that suits you.
Each course consists of posted handouts, study questions, recommended readings and exam questions. You can contact the designated faculty member for any queries during the course.
Check out our SPOC page for more information:Visit SPOC Page
Should you have any additional questions about the SPOCs, please contact our Online Program Coordinator Jenny Shu at firstname.lastname@example.org.