BUD 510 Mind & Its World II: Modes of Engagement & Mental Events

Foundation Curriculum

Course Credits: 2 credits
Course Code: BUD 510

Course Description: This course completes the Classification of Mind (Lorik) root text, from the tradition of Pramāna or Buddhist epistemology that students began in Mind and Its World I. This course has two main sections. The first provides the practitioner with the tools for delineating conceptual and non- conceptual types of mind in meditation. This teaching is codified as the modes of engagement of mind. The second section investigates mind in terms of the mental factors/events that describe specific functional aspects of mind, as well as determine its virtuous or afflicted states, in order to cultivate the former and relinquish the latter.

Prerequisite: Students should first take BUD 501 Mind & Its World 1 and BUD 502 Clear Thinking. These classes are always taught together as a pair during inclass programs, and it is recommended that online students take them concurrently as well, since Mind & Its World 1 uses the methods of analysis and concepts taught in Clear Thinking. After that, we recommend that students take the three remaining courses in sequential order, but they may take them in any order if that is better for their schedules, especially if they are mixing inclass and online courses. The Mind & Its World 2-4 courses also use the methods and concepts of Clear Thinking, thus it is important to complete Clear Thinking before taking Mind & Its World 2-4 if one took Mind & Its World 1 without Clear Thinking.


Instructor: Israel Lifshitz

Meeting times

At your convenience!

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, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Mind & Its World 2 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications

Available for purchase by emailing bookstore@nitarthainstitute.org.

If there are further questions about texts, please write to publications@nitarthainstitute.org.

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Additional Information

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