26 07, 2023

BUD 703 Madhyamakāvatāra IV: Entrance to the Middle Way

Register Here PREREQUISITES None BUD 703 Madhyamakāvatāra IV: Entrance to the Middle Way Live Online Course Faculty: {!{types field='faculty' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} Original Faculty: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche This course is based on the recordings and transcripts of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's oral teachings on Chandrakīrti’s root text Madhyamakāvatāra in 1999 and 2000, using the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554).We will first complete chapter 6 on prajñā, specifically the sections on the refutation of a self of persons and the presentation of the sixteen emptiness. Then we will complete the rest of the text that is on bhūmis 7-10, namely, the perfections of

26 07, 2023

BUD 654 Sautrantika Debate

Register Here PREREQUISITES Spring 2023 semester of BUD 654 BUD 654 Sautrantika Debate (continued) Faculty: {!{types field='faculty' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} This intermediate debate course is a continuation in training in formally debating the tenets of the Sautrantika philosophical tradition. Debate topics in this class center around the proof of subtle impermanence —the reason of non-dependency that proves that entities do not rely on another cause for their momentary cessation other than their own dependently arisen appearance. This semester, students will focus on refutations of a truly existent personal self. PREREQUISITE: Spring 2023 semester of BUD 654 REQUIRED TEXTS: None DATES

24 07, 2023

BUD 600 Analytical Meditation II

Register Here PREREQUISITES BUD 601 BUD 610 Helpful to have finished entire curriculum BUD 600 Analytical Meditation II Faculty: {!{types field='faculty' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} Analytical meditation: a form of debate without a partner. The function of analytical meditation is to bring the view being studied into one’s own experience. It lifts the words out of the book and places them into our heart. The words go from being out there to being part of our innermost being, integrated. That is the essential function of analytical meditation. Through this effort to analyze we become curious about how our mind works. Though this process, the

13 12, 2022

BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning

Register Here PREREQUISITES Anyone who is interested may take this course, however, it is recommended that studens have finished Nitartha Institute's Foundation and Intermediate curricula, or Mind and Its World I and II at a minimum. BUD 692 Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning Faculty: {!{types field='faculty' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} Course Description: This course is the continuation of an in-depth study of Treasury of Valid Cognition and Reasoning, (tshad ma rigs gter) by renowned scholar Sakya Pandita (1182-1251) – an influential work which inaugurated a new period of Pramāna studies in Tibet by focusing particularly on Dharmakīrti’s Pramānavārttika and identifying the errors

24 07, 2022

BUD 520 Mind and Its World III

Register Here PREREQUISITES BUD 501 BUD 520 Mind and Its World III: Vaibhashika Philosophical Tradition Faculty: {!{types field='faculty' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} This course is an exposition of the Vaibashika and Sautrantika philosophical views, based on the The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text and the new Mind and Its world III Sourcebook. The presentation of these views are based on teachings given by Acharya Kelzang Wangdi on the Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Systems to Fresh Minds root text during the 2009 and 2010 Summer Institutes. His talks have been incorporated into the new Mind and Its World III Sourcebook. If

24 07, 2022

BUD 502 Clear Thinking

Register here PREREQUISITES None BUD 502 Clear Thinking Faculty: {!{types field='faculty' style='text'}!}{!{/types}!} This course will deepen your understanding of knowable objects as expounded by the Abhidhama tradition, based on the Collected Topics root text. Students will learn methods for thinking clearly by formulating definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications, and by exploring the four types of logical relationships between two phenomena. This course also prepares students for debate, which is a highly effective method for clarifying one's understanding of the topics that are covered in Nitartha's study curriculum. PREREQUISITE: None REQUIRED TEXTS: Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by

6 12, 2021

Semester Tibetan Language Courses

REGISTRATION Register now PREREQUISITES See below Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature (LAN 531 - fall semester) This course is a continuation of the Nitartha Summer Institute course, LAN530. It is similarly oriented towards reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature, largely from the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions. This autumn we will be reading Je Gampopa’s ལམ་མཆོག་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་ཕྲེང་བ། The Precious Garland of the Supreme Path alongside Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche’s commentary ལམ་མཆོག་རིན་ཆེན་ཕྲེང་བའི་འགྲེལ་བ་ལམ་མཆོག་གསལ་བྱེད་ལེགས་བཤད་དོ་ཤལ། A Crystal Necklace of Excellent Explanations that Illuminate the Supreme Path: A commentary on [Lord Gampopa’s] Precious Garland of the Supreme Path. Class meetings are structured as a translation group. Each student is given an opportunity to read a passage aloud

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