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.
What do we mean by “analytical meditation”? When we hear “analysis” or “investigation” we might think that we evaluate objects to identify what is positive and should be adopted and what is negative and should be discarded. In the context of analytical meditation, however, something entirely different is meant by analysis.
In analytical meditation, we examine the relationship between how things actually are—their abiding or true nature—and our conceptual perception of their apparent reality. That is, we investigate the way in which things appear to us and how we cling to this appearance as genuine reality. We examine the question, Do we perceive how things actually are or is our perception mistaken, and if so, how is it mistaken?
As for “meditation,” we might think that it means coming to a state of complete quietness in which our minds become very peaceful. We might think a certain kind of tranquility, where nothing much is happening, is meditation. While the state of silence, peace, and tranquility is necessary to practice meditation, it is not sufficient in Buddhism. In the Buddhist tradition of meditation, merely resting is not really the point. The point is to develop our awareness, our insight.
The revered twelfth century Tibetan master and poet Milarepa taught, “Do not become attached to the calm pond of shamatha, but let the foliage of insight grow.” Peaceful tranquility is all very well, but we need to wake up from our sleep of delusion. That is where the practice of analytical meditation comes in.
~ Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Stay tuned for the first Self-paced Online Course on Analytical Meditation, which will be available soon!
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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 Mitra Lee Worley will again offer Mudra Space Awareness at the Summer Institute 2018!
Mudra Space Awareness is a series of physical and vocal exercises derived from the Mahamudra and Maha Ati traditions of Tibetan Buddhism as presented in the West by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Mitra Lee Worley studied Mudra Space Awareness directly under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
In 2017, for the first time, Mitra Lee had offered Mudra Space Awaress at the Summer Institute and students enjoyed this unique practice and her guidance.
In 2018, Mudra Space Awareness will be offered in modules 1 and 2. These classes are open to everyone who is interested. In module 2 there will also be some in-depth evening sessions for students who have completed at least one MSA 9-day module.
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We’re pleased to announce that the dates and new venue for the 2016 Nitartha Summer Institute have been confirmed. Mark your calendars! Friday, July 15 through Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
This year’s complete summer program will run for four weeks from Friday, July 15th through Saturday, August 13th, 2016. We anticipate being able to offer courses from three of our academic departments:
- Department of Buddhist Studies (BUD)
- Department of Languages (LAN)
- Department of Healing (HEA)
In addition, we will again offer a Mahamudra Practice Intensive (Gomdra) program for qualified students, similar to what we have offered at the past two Summer Institutes in 2014 and 2015.
To optimize the teaching and learning environment as much as possible, the four different departments/programs will run in tandem on two parallel schedules: one on a two 2-week session schedule, and the other on a three 9-day module schedule. The program dates arranged by department and session/module are as follows:
Schedule for the Department of Buddhist Studies (BUD), and Department of Languages (LAN) — two 2-week sessions:
Session I: Friday, July 15 to Thursday, July 28
Travel day: Friday July 29
Session II: Saturday, July 30 to Friday, Aug 12
Travel day: Saturday August 13
Schedule for the Mahamudra Practice Intensive (Gomdra) and Department of Healing (HEA) — three 9-day modules:
Module 1: Friday, July 15 to Saturday, July 23
Travel day: Sunday, July 24
Module 2: Monday, July 25 to Tuesday, August 2
Travel day: Wednesday, August 3
Module 3: Thursday, August 4 to Friday, August 12
Travel day: Saturday, August 13
It is planned that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will be present for Modules 1 and 2 and will continue his teachings on the topic of Mahamudra Vipashyana from the Ninth Karmapa’s Ocean of Definitive Meaning. Please note: Rinpoche’s talks will not be open to the public and only students who meet the Mahamudra study and practice requirements will be permitted to attend Rinpoche’s talks.
NEW VENUE! To better accommodate the growing needs of students and faculty, and also due to a variety of other considerations, Nitartha Summer Institute 2016 will be hosted at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!
UBC Location: 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Additional program details, such as registration, tuition rates, housing costs, etc., are forthcoming. For now, please save the dates and further details will be posted on our website and announced shortly.
In the interim, should you have any burning questions that just can’t wait, please correspond with our 2016 Summer Program Co-Coordinators, Christine Hwang and Crista Lawson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.