The Nitartha Institute Buddhist Studies Curriculum presents the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana view through a well-developed progressive series of courses designed as Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced curriculum studies. Nitartha begins with the study of mind and its relation to objects. In essence, we ask the following questions:
How do we know what we know? How do we know if this knowledge is correct?
These courses provide a foundational understanding of the terms and methods used to support analytical inquiry into how mind engages with its world. They build a well-developed ground on which the intermediate and advanced curricula are built. The courses in Buddhist Philosophy (BUD) fall within the categories of valid cognition and inner science of mind.
The entire Foundation and Intermediate curricula can be completed in 3 years by taking a combination of Summer Institute courses and semester/online courses. Advanced courses are open for self-guided study for those who have completed the Foundation and Intermediate curricula.
Nitartha offers three levels of shedra courses: Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced. Students are advised to complete the Foundation and Intermediate levels of study before progressing to the Advanced courses, however Foundation and Intermediate courses are not always a prerequisite for Advanced courses. This shedra curriculum is devoted to the in-depth study of the Buddhist view and to the contemplative practices through which students can engage these teachings and apply them to their experience. Click below to learn more about the different levels of study or download the course catalog as a PDF.