BUD 520 Mind & Its World III: Vaibhashika Philosophical Tradition

Foundation Curriculum

Course Credits: 2 credits
Course Code: BUD 520

Course Description: This course is an extensive exposition of the ground of Vaibhashika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. This school is valued for their presentation of a contemplative world-view of radical impermanence, without needing to postulate either a personal identity or any principle of divine creation.

(The path and result of the Vaibhashika tradition is generally shared with the Sautrāntika tradition and is presented in BUD 530 Mind and Its World IV: Sautrāntika Philosophical 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 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: Jirka Hladiš

Meeting times

Online Thursday evenings 21 September – 7 December 2017, 7:00–9:00pm MT. Or as Self Paced Online Course at your convenience!

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
  • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications

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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.