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BUD502 Clear Thinking (7 classes)

Online

This course is an introductory exposition of knowable objects drawn from the Abhidhama tradition, based on Collected Topics root text. Students learn methods for thinking clearly by formulating definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications, and by exploring the four types of logical relationships between two phenomena. Faculty: Dr. Phil Stanley Dates and Time: Mondays September 13 - October 25, 6pm - 7:30pm Pacific time Prerequisite: None Required Texts: Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications Clear Thinking Workbook, Nitartha Institute Publications

$130
Recurring

BUD554 Debate II

Online

This course continues the methodical training in elementary debate skills on the basis of the Collected Topics Debate I course. Students learn how to challenge the second mode, study the debate strategies of the challenger and the defender and how to bring a debate to completion. The debate content consists of the classification of objects in terms of entity and the classification of mind into primary minds and mental events. Faculty: Jirka Hladiš and Alison McKee Dates & Time: Mondays, September 13–December 13, 2021, 6:00–7:30p MT Prerequisit: BUD553 Required Texts: none

$200
Recurring

BUD520 Mind & Its World III: Vaibhashika Philosophical Tradition

Online

MW3 WILL BE OFFERED IN FALL 2021, BUT THE EXACT FALL SCHEDULE FOR THIS COURSE WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER THE SUMMER PROGRAM. This course is an exposition of the Vaibhashika philosophical tradition, based on The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. Students explore foundational classifications of knowable objects: the five bases, five aggregates, twelve sources and eighteen constituents, followed by the presentation of the Vaibhāṣika theory of causation from Collected Topics and the twelve links of dependent origination. Faculty: TBD Prerequisite: BUD501 Required texts: Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama

$200
Recurring

BUD502 Clear Thinking

Online

BUD502 CLEAR THINKING WILL BE OFFERED IN FALL 2021, BUT THE EXACT FALL SCHEDULE FOR THIS COURSE WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER THE SUMMER PROGRAM. This course is an introductory exposition of knowable objects drawn from the Abhidhama tradition, based on Collected Topics root text. Students learn methods for thinking clearly by formulating definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications, and by exploring the four types of logical relationships between two phenomena. Faculty: Dr. Phil Stanley Prerequisite: None Required Texts: Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications Clear Thinking Workbook, Nitartha Institute Publications

$200
Recurring

BUD610 Madhyamaka Philosophical Tradition: Not Even a Middle

Online

This course is an exposition of the Middle Way philosophical tradition based on Part One of The Center of the Sunlit Sky, expressed as the ground, path and fruition of Madhyamaka. Students explore the classification of knowable objects into the two realities and cultivate certainty in the view of emptiness of all phenomena, formulating the five great Madhyamaka reasonings. The course includes the presentation of personal identitylessness with the sevenfold analysis of the chariot. Faculty: Jirka Hladiš Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 26–December 23, 2021, 5:30–7:00p MT (no class on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25, 2021) Prerequisites: BUD 501, BUD 510, BUD 520, BUD 530, BUD 601 Note: This course

$200
Recurring

BUD702 Madhyamakavatara II with DPR (1999), Part I

Online

This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Chandrakīrti’s Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). Faculty: Dr. Phil Stanley Dates & Time: Saturdays, August 28–November 13, 2021, 10:00-11:00a MT Prerequisite: It is very helpful to have studied the Foundation and Intermediate Curricula of Nitartha Institute before taking this course. Having taken BUD700 on Madhyamakāvatāra chapters 1-5 and BUD701 on chapter 6, verses 1-23, is not required, though also beneficial. This course can be taken for Nitartha Institute credit as well as for non-credit. If taken for credit, completion of the Foundation and Intermediate Nitartha curriculum is a prerequisite. Required texts: Wangchuk

$200

BUD702 Madhyamakāvatāra III: Entrance to the Middle Way (DPR 1999), Part I (12 classes)

Online

This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Chandrakīrti's Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). Students complete the bulk of the sixth chapter on the pāramitā of prajñā. The topics covered include a detailed refutation of the proponents of consciousness and an extensive presentation of personal selflessness. It will cover Chapter 6 on Prajñā: 1) Refutation of the Chittamatra, 2) Completion of the Refutation of Production from Both Self and Other and From Neither and 3) The Presentation of Relative Production as a Dependent-Arising (Verses 6.48-6.119) Main faculty:  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (This course is based on the recordings and transcripts

$200

LAN 531 Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature Semester 2 (12 classes)

Online

This course is oriented towards reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature. It uses Tokmé Zangbo’s famous 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva (རྒྱལ་སྲེཨ་ལག་ལེན་སོ་བདུན་མ།) as the basis for developing familiarity with Tibetan grammar and developing reading skills. Interesting and important grammatical points are explained in the context of specific passages. Opening and closing chants are done in Tibetan. Students are encouraged to practice reading aloud to learn the rhythms and feel of the phrasing of the language and train in the traditional discipline of jor-lo (sbyor klog) — “reading the connections.” Faculty: Mark Seibold Dates and Times: Monday mornings September 20 - December 6, 2021, from 8:30am - 10:00am Pacific time. Prerequisites: Students who

$200

BUD554 Debate II (for Spring 2021 Debate students only)

Online

This course continues the methodical training in elementary debate skills on the basis of the Collected Topics Debate I course. Students learn how to challenge the second mode, study the debate strategies of the challenger and the defender and how to bring a debate to completion. The debate content consists of the classification of objects in terms of entity and the classification of mind into primary minds and mental events. Faculty: Jirka Hladiš and Alison McKee Dates & Time: Mondays, September 13–December 13, 2021, 5:00–6:30p Pacific time Prerequisite: This course is open only to students who have completed the Spring 2021 Debate I course (BUD553) Required Texts: none

$200

LAN 501 Beginning Colloquial Tibetan Semester 2 (30 classes)

Online

This course is the continuation of Beginning Colloquial Tibetan (LAN 500). It is oriented toward students who have had some training in the Tibetan alphabet, spelling, and beginning dialogs. The emphasis of the classes is on developing fluency with spoken Tibetan. Students focus on training in successively more complex Tibetan colloquial dialogs. The class covers the material in the first three to four chapters of The Heart of Tibetan Language by Franziska Oertle. Supplementary material is also provided, including flashcards. Faculty: Gerry Wiener and Nima Bhuti Dates and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00pm Pacific Time, September 14 – December 16, 2021 Prerequisites: At least two 2020 Summer Institute sessions of beginning colloquial Tibetan

$320

LAN 511 Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan Semester 2 (30 classes)

Online

This course is a continuation of our Colloquial Tibetan series and is oriented toward continuing students who have had training in the Tibetan alphabet, spelling, and beginning dialogs. The emphasis of the classes is on developing further fluency with spoken Tibetan both in listening and in speaking. Students focus on training in successively more complex Tibetan colloquial dialogs. Spoken Tibetan is emphasized in class and students are encouraged to use Tibetan when asking questions as opposed to resorting to English. The course covers the material in chapters 6, 7, 8 of The Heart of Tibetan Language (HOTL) by Franziska Oertle. Homework is assigned. Faculty: Gerry Wiener and Nima Bhuti Dates

$320

LAN 520 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Literature (12 classes)

Online

This course focuses on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to read Buddhist literature—primarily liturgical and commentarial texts—in Tibetan. Students engage in a detailed study of Tibetan grammar from the perspective of both classical and modern analyses. Reading starts with simple phrases to build vocabulary and familiarity with common grammatical structures. As students gain experience, they gradually read increasingly long and complex passages. Students are introduced to the traditional discipline of jor-lo (sbyor klog) — “reading the connections.” Faculty: Mark Seibold Dates and Times: Friday mornings September 24 - December 17, 2021 from 9am - 10:30am Pacific time Prerequisites:  Knowledge of the Tibetan alphabet, spelling rules, and a basic grasp

$200
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