31 05, 2022

Madhyamaka: a crucial stage on our journey to emptiness

Madhyamaka and several more courses will be offered at this year’s Summer Institute in July. The topics are incredible. Don’t miss out! Register for the 2022 Nitartha Summer Institute here: https://bit.ly/si22mind Madhyamaka: a crucial stage on our journey to emptiness On our journey to emptiness, the Nitartha curriculum takes us through several stages. In the Mind and Its World series, we become familiar with how the data coming in through our senses changes from moment to moment. There is nobody who owns it, there is no personal identity. In the Mind Only class we further discover and learn to appreciate how this manifold experience is

18 05, 2022

Mind and Its World I

Mind and Its World I and II are the first two courses in Nitartha’s curriculum, and several more will be offered at this year’s Summer Institute in July. The topics are incredible. Don’t miss out! Register for the 2022 Nitartha Summer Institute here: https://bit.ly/si22mind Mind and Its World I: Valid Cognition This course explores the question: How do you obtain accurate and valid knowledge about the world? That’s the subject of Pramana, or Buddhist epistemology. We typically assume that what we know about the world is valid. But is it? Our mind processes and responds so quickly to what’s happening around us that we normally don’t

3 05, 2022

The 10 Chapters of Samdhinirmocana Sutra

  Rinpoche will be teaching from the Samdhinirmocana sutra this year. The following blog post is a brief overview of the 10 chapters of the sutra. The topics are incredible. Don’t miss out! Register for the 2022 Nitartha Summer Institute here: https://bit.ly/si22mind The 10 chapters of Samdhinirmocana sutra The name of the sutra itself tells us a great deal about what studying this sutra holds for us. At the 2021 Summer Institute, Dzgochen Ponlop Rinpoche kindly shared with us the inspiration that the title itself transmits. This sutra is called Arya Samdhinirmocana Mahayana Sutra. Arya means noble, exalted or above. What does this mean? It signifies

15 04, 2022

Nitartha Summer Institute 2022

  Nitartha Summer Institute Registration is now open! We are very excited that for a second year in a row Rinpoche has agreed to give us teachings on the Samdhinirmocana Sutra (The Sutra Unraveling the Intention [of the Buddha]). This is a crucial sutra for the Yogacara tradition of the third Turning of the Wheel of dharma, and one that is very rarely taught. This sutra is the classic source from the Buddha’s teachings for unraveling his intent behind teaching three different turnings of the wheel, as well as for his teachings on the eight consciousnesses, three natures, the ultimate, and the path of meditation that leads to

2 12, 2021

Thank you for your generosity!

Financial Assistance for Nitartha Institute Students Generosity and demand for Nitartha’s courses at all-time highs. Please Give Now! Thank you to all who have donated to our Giving Tuesday campaign to replenish our financial assistance fund, which provides partial and full tuition discounts to students who otherwise would not be able to attend Nitartha. Altogether, we have received over $22,000! We know many dharma students are struggling to pay the cost of dharma courses and programs. Now, many of those students will be able to study at Nitartha, thanks to all those who donated! Did you know? You will be entered into a drawing to

24 11, 2021

Financial Assistance for Nitartha Institute Students

Financial Assistance for Nitartha Institute Students Generosity and demand for Nitartha’s courses at all-time highs. Please Give Now!While the last two years have been difficult for many of us around the world, the demand for Nitartha's courses was higher than ever. And even though the tuition for the 2020 and 2021 Summer Institutes was unusually low, the need for financial assistance also hit a record, and we gave 4 times more assistance these past two years than any previous year. Indeed, with your generous donations, students all over the world were able to attend our courses regardless of their ability to pay. Thank you! And, this

15 10, 2021

Samdhinirmocana Sutra Recitation

Samdhinirmocana Sutra Recitation Students who attended the 2021 Summer Institute are invited to join our Samdhinirmocana Sutra recitation events, which will be held in three languages: English, Chinese and Spanish. This is a precious opportunity for us as 2021 Summer Institute students to gather again and continue to enjoy the blessings of this special sutra. As suggested by Rinpoche, we will be reciting the first four chapters of the sutra together, along with our liturgy for this special occasion. The English chants will be screenshared, Chinese and Spanish students will receive the files to recite in their language channel. If you attended the 2021 Summer Institute the

7 06, 2021

PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I (Part 2 of 2)

This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications. This is an excerpt from the sourcebook we use in our Mind & Its World II class. Mind & Its World II explores the criteria of valid cognition based on the teachings of the Pramāna tradition, or Buddhist epistemology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; what the difference is between non-mistaken, non-deceiving, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. Practically speaking, this also provides the practitioner with the tools for delineating conceptual and nonconceptual types of

1 06, 2021

PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I (Part 1 of 2)

This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications. This excerpt is from our sourcebook we use for the Mind & Its World IV course. This course is an extensive exposition of the Sautrantika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I (Part 1 of 2) Scott Wallenbach PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I -SCOTT WELLENBACH Just as with the Vaibhaṣhika system, we will discuss the Sautrantika philosophical system in terms of basis, path, and result. The path and result are essentially

19 05, 2021

The Way Consciousness Apprehends Objects

This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications. This is an excerpt from the sourcebook we use in our Mind & Its World II class. Mind & Its World II explores the criteria of valid cognition based on the teachings of the Pramāna tradition, or Buddhist epistemology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; what the difference is between non-mistaken, non-deceiving, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. Practically speaking, this also provides the practitioner with the tools for delineating conceptual and nonconceptual types of mind

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