BUD 620 Paths and Bhūmis:
The Path to Enlightenment

Intermediate Curriculum

Course Credits: 2 credits
Course Code: BUD 620

Self-paced online course
Semester course: Currently not open


Course Description:
This course is a presentation of the five paths on the voyage to awakening, the ten bodhisattvas’ bhūmis, or levels of realization, and the result: the enlightenment, buddha’s kayas and wisdoms as well as enlightened activity. We will study what is required to embark and progress on the path and what the goal of such spiritual journey is.

Prerequisite: Though any student may take any intermediate course at any time, it is recommended that students complete the Foundation Curriculum before beginning the Intermediate Curriculum, then take all four intermediate courses in the order of:

  • BUD 601 Chittamatra Philosophical Tradition: Appearances are Mere Mind
  • BUD 610 Madhyamaka Philosophical Tradition: Not Even a Middle
  • BUD 620 Paths and Bhūmis: The Path to Enlightenment
  • BUD 630 Buddha Nature: Luminous Heart of the Tathagata

What You’ll Learn:

  • Explanation of the five paths: path of accumulation, of preparation, of seeing, of
    familiarization, and the final path
  • Presentation of the ten bodhisattva bhūmis
  • Explanation of the three kayas
  • Explanation of the five buddha wisdoms
  • Explanation of the qualities of freedom and maturation

Required Texts

  • Root text: The Presentation of Bhūmis, Paths & Results in the Treasury of Knowledge (Salam), by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye, Nitartha Institute Publications
  • Commentary on The Presentation of Paths Bhūmis, & Results in the Causal Vehicle of Characteristics from the Treasury of Knowledge by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye, by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Karl Brunnhölzl, 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.

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

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

Self-paced online course
Semester course: Currently not open