Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOCs)

Our entire Foundation and Intermediate curriculum are available as self-paced online courses. These are full, complete archived versions of courses that were previously taught by our senior teachers.

You can take these classes online, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home through streaming video or downloadable audio. By taking advantage of these self-paced online courses, you can progress through the Nitartha Institute curriculum at a schedule and pace that suits you. 

You also have access to posted study questions, recommended readings, and exam questions, and you have the ability to contact a distance learning advisor with questions.

We recommend that you take the curriculum in sequence, beginning with the Foundation curriculum. Within the Foundation curriculum it is particularly important to begin with Mind and Its World I: Valid Cognition and its companion course Clear Thinking before proceeding through the rest of the Foundation curriculum.

For these Self-Paced Online Courses, the list of required texts for each class can be found on the corresponding Foundation and Intermediate Curriculum course pages. You are responsible for purchasing your course texts. To order, please contact the bookstore at 

(Need financial assistance to attend a course? Please click here for details.)

(Please note that there is a 9-month time frame for completing each course.)

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Complete List of Our
Self-Paced Online Courses

Foundation Curriculum—Core

BUD 501 MW I: Valid Cognition
BUD 510 MW II: Modes & Mental Events
BUD 520 MW III: Vaibhāśika
BUD 530 MW IV: Sautrāntika

Foundation Curriculum—Debate

BUD502 Clear Thinking (Beginning to debate, often taken with BUD501)

Intermediate Curriculum—Core

BUD 601 Cittamātra
BUD 610 Madhyamaka
BUD 620 Paths and Bhūmis
BUD 630 Buddha Nature