Special Projects Nitartha Fundraising Initiatives
Here is a list of special projects we are currently seeking funding for:
- Nitartha’s Online Campus
- Abhidharmakosha Transmission and Transcription
- Payment Plan and Financial Assistance
- Expansion and Redesign of the Foundation Curriculum
Nitartha’s Online Campus: 3 Projects, 1 Goal
In order for Nitartha’s Online Campus to thrive and be up to current standards, we have identified 3 projects that we would like to focus on in the next 12 months:
- Create Advanced Curriculum Online Classes
- Upgrade and Redevelop Mind and Its World I and Clear Thinking classes of the Foundational Online Curriculum
- Create eBooks for Mind and Its World I and Clear Thinking classes of the Foundational Curriculum.
Abhidharmakosha Transmission and Transcription
What is the Abhidharmakosha project?
The Abhidharmakosha is the last text to be taught by a Tibetan master for Nitartha Institute to complete all the sutra texts of the Advanced Curriculum. Nitartha Institute is honored to have had Acharya Kelzang Wangdi, a specialist in the Abhidharma, come to Seattle for a month to teach on three separate occasions.
Each month, Acharya Kelzang taught the subject for several hours daily which was orally translated and later transcribed and edited. Nitartha Institute has completed a large part of this project already.
Completing the Teaching cycle
The last transmission for this project is scheduled for December 2018. This winter, Acharya Kelzang Wangdi will teach the 4th and last year of the Abhidharmakosha teaching cycle. This is a huge milestone and you can help Nitartha accomplish it!
Help us accomplish this last round!
Funds on hand to support the 4th and final month of teachings in December 2018: $16,900
Additional funds needed to complete the teachings in December 2018: $8,000
Funds needed for the completion of editing, transcribing, and publishing of all 4 teaching sessions (120 talks in all): $30,000
Total amount needed to complete the project $38,000
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Payment Plan and Financial Assistance
Nitartha Institute believes that students with a genuine wish to study should not be denied access to courses due to a lack of funds. PPFA is a fund started in 2014 supported by Nitartha Institute students. PPFA is designed to be a method to help fellow students in need. PPFA allows for tuition discounts/reductions so that the applicant can begin or continue their dharma studies at the Institute.
Financial Assistance offers a fixed amount discount applied to the program tuition only. A Payment Plan allows the applicant to pay of program fees in installments within a maximum 12 month period.
If you’re inspired by this project, please consider helping a fellow student and donate to the PPFA Fund today.
Expansion and Redesign of the Foundation Curriculum
At the request of students and faculty, The Gateway That Reveals the Philosophical Systems to Fresh Minds, written by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, was expanded to include additional topics, such as the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination. The additions were made by Acharya Kelzang Wangdi under the guidance of Ponlop Rinpoche. Acharya Kelsang gave two months of teachings on the full, expanded text. The faculty then redesigned the syllabi for Mind & Its World II, III, and IV to incorporate material from Acharya Kelsang’s teachings.
This publication project now involves editing these teachings and integrating them into the sourcebooks, which will involve a redesign of the Mind & Its World II, III, and IV sourcebooks. In addition, Dr. Phil Stanley taught on the revised Gateway root text for one month with the intent that these would be edited as part of this project to provide Nitartha Institute teachers background resources for teaching the new Mind & Its World III, and IV sourcebooks, that will now be devoted to the Gateway root text.
- Editing for the Gateway Root Text; Mind & Its World II, III, and IV: $6,000
- Formatting/Design for the printed Gateway Root Text; Mind & Its World II, III, and IV: $3,000
Fundraising Goal: $9,000.00