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BUD 501
Mind & Its World I:
Valid Cognition

Foundation Curriculum

Course Credits: 2 credits
Course Code: BUD 501

Course Description: This course explores the criteria of a valid cognition and its various classifications, based on the teachings of the Pramana tradition, or Buddhist epistemology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; when our mind is direct or not; what the difference is between non-mistaken, non-deceiving, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness.

Prerequisites: (none)

Class Topics
  • Divisions of mind
  • Definitions of valid cognition
  • Definition of direct valid cognition
  • Sense direct valid cognition
  • Two truths in Vaibhashika and Sautrantika view
  • Process of perception in Vaibhashika and Sautrantika view
  • Mental direct valid cognition
  • Self-aware direct valid cognition
  • Yogic direct valid cognition
  • Seeming direct cognition
  • Definition of inferential valid cognition for oneself and for others
  • Appearing object, referent object, object of engagement
  • Nonvalid cognition
  • Three results of valid cognition
Required Texts
  • Root text: Classifications of Mind (Lorik), by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen 
  • Mind and Its World I Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications

Available for purchase by emailing bookstore@nitarthainstitute.org

Mode of Instruction: Semester Courses and Self-Paced Online Course (SPOC)
Semester course:

Weekly classes led by Nitartha Institute faculty. Click here for information about the semester courses that are currently being offered.

Self-Paced Online Course (SPOC)

As part of our online campus, this course is also available as streaming video and as downloadable audio.  There are also posted study questions, recommended readings, exam questions and the ability to contact a distance learning advisor with questions. You will receive an email providing information about accessing the online course within a week of registering.

For questions about taking this course as a Self-Paced Online Course, contact SPOC Coordinator Jenny Shu at jshu@nitarthainstitute.org.

Click here to register for the Self-Paced Online Course

This course is also typically taught at the Summer Institute, along with Mind and Its World II (BUD510).