BUD 530 Mind & Its World IV:
Sautrantika Philosophical Tradition

Foundation Curriculum

Course Credits: 2 credits
Course Code: BUD 530

Self-Paced Online Course
Semester Course


Course Description: This course is an extensive exposition of the Sautrāntika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. This school is renowned for classifying all knowable objects into specifically and generally characterized phenomena, based on our experience. The path and result presentation here is generally shared with the Vaibhāśika tradition.

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 II-IV courses also use the methods and concepts of Clear Thinking, thus it is important to complete Clear Thinking before taking Mind & Its World II-IV if one took Mind & Its World 1 without Clear Thinking.

Required Texts

  • Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Mind & Its World 4 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.

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

Semester course:
Weekly classes led by Nitartha Institute faculty (click here for current semester course information).

Self-Paced Online Course
Semester Course