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!
Are you a professional or an aspiring Tibetan translator? Here are 5 reasons how studying at Nitartha Institute – with its foundation, intermediate and advanced curriculum classes – can help you:
- You learn to understand basic Buddhist terminology and ideas/concepts, that are common in Hinayana and Mahayana schools. The foundation curriculum lays the ground with cognitive theory, ontology and logic. The Nitartha foundational curriculum teaches precise definitions, meaning, and usage of critical distinctions, such as when would you use “mind” or “consciousness” or “awareness” in your translations. By fully understanding the Pramana traditions, your translations will gain consistency and clarity. Make translation choices that convey the original meaning and intention.
- You learn the debate format and distinctions of logic. This helps decode the underlying way of thinking which runs through most Tibetan commentaries and will thereby help you understand these better.
- You will get an overview of the four classical fields of study of a Tibetan Shedra (with the exception of Vinaya) through detailed studies of Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita (paths and bhumis) and Pramana.
- You will go into the four philosophical tenent systems in depth, providing a context and background that is not accessible from mere comparative or summary presentations. Through in-depth understanding and broad knowledge, you will easily be able to contextualize topics for your western listeners and enable them to gain a deeper understanding.
- Many Nitartha Shedra classes are taught by translators with deep experience in presenting these topics, providing opportunities to get into the source languages right on the spot to clarify questions and discuss translation issues.
Please find below the exact dates for the Shedra sessions and the Gomdra modules at the Summer Institute 2018:
Shedra Session 1 (14 days)
July 6 (Friday) – July 19 (Thursday)
Travel Day: July 20 (Friday)
Shedra Session 2 (14 days)
July 21 (Saturday) – August 3 (Friday)
Travel Day: August 4 (Saturday)
Gomdra Module 1 (9 days)
July 6 (Friday) – July 14 (Saturday)
Travel day: July 15 (Sunday)
Gomdra Module 2 (9 days)
July 16 (Monday)- July 24 (Tuesday)
Travel day: July 25 (Wednesday)
Gomdra Module 3 (9 days)
July 26 (Thursday) – Aug 3 (Friday)
Travel Day: August 4 (Saturday)
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.
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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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Join us for the Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program! July 15-Aug 13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Explore how everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, Nitartha Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan Buddhist science of mind. Summer Program registration deadline: May 29, 2016. Click here to register now.
The Summer 2016 Science of Mind: Buddhist Studies Program is part of our Nitartha Summer Institute—an intensive residential program which occurs annually, over the span of four weeks. Typically, the summer schedule is arranged into two modules of two weeks each. Students may attend one or both modules, but for new students, the first module is a usually a prerequisite to the second.
Local residents may also opt to enrol in individual (“pro rata”) Buddhist Studies courses, or simply “Experience Nitartha for a day.” More about the Vancouver Local Program here.
Who is this for? In general, anyone, but especially for those who are looking to deepen their philosophical understanding of the buddhadharma, and merge that with meditation practice. It is especially helpful training for leaders and facilitators in Buddhist communities.
For more detailed information about our Summer 2016 Science of Mind: Buddhist Studies Program click here.