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Semester Courses // 學期課程

Announcing Spring 2021 Semester Courses Online!

We are happy to announce the following courses for next semester. All courses will be held entirely online. This is an excellent opportunity for Nitartha students to continue deepening their studies while enjoying connecting with Nitartha’s faculty and fellow students.

Recordings of the classes are available to registered students through Nitartha’s online campus for up to 2 months after the courses end.

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


學期課程目前在網上以及北美的幾個地區提供。 這是為無法參加暑期學院的學生而設計的,也適合那些想完整參加Nitartha課程體系的人們。 延續幾個月的學期課程一般安排在平時的晚上和週末的時間開設。錄播課程會通過Nitartha的線上校園學習系統(Moodle)提供給註冊學員們,錄製課程可以在課程結束後的最多兩個月的時間內使用。

本學期的課程註冊即將開放。 有關英文課本,請聯繫Nitartha書店(bookstore@nitarthainstitute.org)。 有關註冊或財務幫助的問題,請與Pearl Bu卜雲超聯繫(yunchaobu@hotmail.com,微信號:CHAO2018CNCA)

Registration will open December 1, 2020

BUD530 Mind & Its World IV

Instructors: Mark Seibold and Francis Sullivan
When: Sundays from 10:30am–12:00pm Eastern Time (UTC-5:00)
Dates: January 24–April 18, 2021

Course Description: This course is an extensive exposition of the Sautrantika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. This school is renowned for classifying all knowable objects into specifically and generally characterized phenomena, based on our experience. The path and result presentation here is generally shared with the Vaibhashika tradition.

Prerequisites: BUD 501 (Mind & Its World I), BUD 502 (Clear Thinking)

Required texts:
– Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha) (2019), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Acharya Kelsang Wangdi, Nitartha Institute Publications ($30.02)
– Mind & Its World 4 Sourcebook (2019), Nitartha Institute Publications

BUD 553 Debate I

Instructors: Jirka Hladiš and Alison McKee
When: Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm Mountain Time (UTC-7:00)
Dates: January 25–April 12, 2021

Course Description: This course offers a methodical training in elementary debate skills on the basis of the Clear Thinking class. We will formulate reasonings with correct and seeming reasons and utilize those in a debate by learning how to challenge the first mode of a reasoning. Regarding the content, we will debate classification of objects in terms of entity from Collected Topics, as was taught in the Clear Thinking course.

Prerequisites: BUD 502 (Clear Thinking)

Required texts:
none

BUD620 Paths and Bhumis: The Path to Enlightenment

This is a 2-semester course that will continue in the 2021 winter/spring semester.

Instructors: Jirka Hladiš (Fall 2020) and Stephanie Johnston (Spring 2021)
When: Spring semester: Wednesday mornings 10:00–11:30 Mountain Time (UTC-7:00)
Dates: Januray 20-?, 2021

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 kāyas 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: Taking BUD 610 (Madhyamaka) is recommended before this course.

Required texts:
– Root text: The Presentation of Bhumis, Paths & Results in the Treasury of Knowledge (Salam), by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye,
Nitartha Institute Publications ($41.39)
– Sourcebook: Commentary on The Presentation of Paths Bhumis, & 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 ($46.33)

BUD 701 Madhyamakāvatāra II: Entrance to the Middle Way (Part II)

Instructor: Recordings and transcripts of the 1998 teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and weekly classes led by Dr. Phil Stanley
Start: Course opens Saturday, January 23, 2021 for reviewing recordings and materials. Class will be held on Saturdays from September 12 -December 5, 2020 (10am – 11am Mountain time)
When: Lectures are on Saturday mornings 10:00–11:00am Mountain Time (UTC-7:00)
Dates: January 30–May 2, 2021

Course Description:

Chapter 6 on Prajna: The Two Truths and Refutation of the Yogacara (Verses 6.24-6.47)

This course will explore Chandrakirti’s extended presentation of the two truths and the introductory part of his refutation of Chittamatra view from the sixth chapter on Prajna, verses 6.24-6.47, of his Madhyamakavatara. This is the third course in an in-depth series of courses on this text based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554) and the oral teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Prerequisites: Part 1 is not strictly mandatory but it is very helpful to have taken it before taking this course.

Required texts:
– Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara) Chapter 6, Part One,by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (1998)
Nitartha Institute Publications ($51.65)
– The Karmapa’s Middle Way: Feast for the Fortunate, A Commentary on Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakāvatāraby Wangchuk Dorje, translated by Tyler Dewar, 2008 Snow Lion Publications ($44.95) (also available as an e-book)

LAN 501 Continuing Colloquial Tibetan

Instructor: Nima Bhuti and Gerry Wiener
Attendance: Online live stream and recorded
Live stream: Mondays, September 14, 2020 – February 3, 2021 (6:30 – 8pm PDT)

Course Description: This class is oriented toward students who have had some training in the Tibetan alphabet, spelling, and beginning dialogs (see prerequisites below). The emphasis of the classes will be on developing fluency with spoken Tibetan. Students will focus on training in successively more complex Tibetan colloquial dialogs. The class will cover the material in the first six chapters of The Heart of Tibetan Language by Franziska Oertle. There will be homework assigned weekly.

Prerequisites: At least two 2020 Summer Institute sessions of LAN 500 or equivalent (see details)

Required text: The Heart of Tibetan Language by Franziska Oertle

Students should know:

1. How to pronounce in the Central Tibetan dialect all the letters in the Tibetan alphabet
2. How to identify the main letter of a Tibetan word
3. What prefixes, superfixes, subfixes, suffixes, and second suffixes are and how they affect pronunciation
4. How to verbally spell a Tibetan word
5. What the essential and existential verbs are and how they are used (yin, min, red, ma red, yod, med, ‘dug, mi ‘dug, yod red, yod ma red)
6. Demonstrative pronouns (‘di, de, pha gi, etc.)
7. Personal pronouns (khong, khyed rang, etc.)

LAN 511 Continuing Intermediate Literary Tibetan

Instructor: Mark Seibold
Attendance: Online live stream and recorded
Live stream: Mondays, September 21 – December 14, 2020, 12:00-1:30pm Eastern Time (9:00-10:30am PT)

Course Description: This is a continuation of LAN510. We will continue reading Gyelsé Tokmé Zangbo´s 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva རྒྱས་སྲས་ལག་ལེན་སུམ་ཅུ་སོ་བདུན་མ། along with selections from two Tibetan commentaries on his famous text. This is a reading course that assumes a basic understanding of Tibetan grammar.  We will focus on: acquiring and developing reading skills; working with commentaries as a means to unpacking the meaning embedded in a text; and improving reading skills, including pronunciation and fluency. We will also practice the traditional method of spelling in Tibetan, called “jor lo” (sbyor klog), which is a useful tool when consulting with Tibetan scholars and teachers, and there will be regular instruction on grammar. 

Real time participation is expected unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

Prerequisites: Having attended at least one 2020 Summer Institute session of LAN 510 or equivalent in real time (see details)

Note:

This course is open to students who attended at least one session of LAN510 during the 2020 Nitartha Summer Institute in real time. Those who did not take at least one Summer Institute session or did not participate in real time, please contact our registrar (eweiss@nitarthainstitute.org) before registering.

Semester Course information in Chinese (NOT UPDATED FOR SPRING 2021 YET)


 

BUD 502 清晰思辨

授課老師: Jirka Hladiš and Alison McKee
中文翻譯: 在錄播課中提供
直播課:  中國時間 每週二, 2020年9月15日 – 11月24日7:30am-9:00am

課程簡介: 這門課有兩層目的: 其一,傳承來源於阿毗達磨的入門《攝類學》,學習如何從定義、舉例、同義詞、分類的角度去認識“所知” (即一切現象)。其二,學習如何清晰地進行思辨任何兩種或者兩類現象之間的四種關係。 我們將在輕鬆的環境中訓練基本的辯經技巧,例如定義,同義和分類。 這門課程是選修下一門《辯經1》前的必修課,《辯經1》課程將在2021年春季學期進行。

參加條件:  推薦先參加BUD501 (心與心的世界1),也可以同步參加BUD501線上自學課 請點擊這裡 Self-Paced Online Course (SPOC).

課本和參考材料:

  • 根本教材: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications(目前只有英文版本) $22.50 USD
  • 課本: 清晰思辨, Nitartha Institute Publications, 有中文版本 (如何購買,將稍後通知) $41.06 USD
    • Traditional Chinese 中文繁体
    • Simplified Chinese 中文简体

 

BUD 520 心與心的世界 3:說一切有部的宗義

授課老師: Mark Seibold, Francis Sullivan
中文翻譯: 在錄播課中提供
直播課: 中國時間 每週日, 2020年9月13日 – 12月13日或20日 10:30pm – 12:00am

課程簡介: 這門課是對說一切有部宗義體系的廣泛闡述,根本偈頌來源於本樂仁波切原著,阿闍梨凱桑旺迪增補的《為初學揭示宗義入門》,此宗非常重視的是闡述極端無常的甚深世界觀,無需安立個人身份或者任何神造論。

參加條件: 推薦先完成 BUD501和BUD510 (心與心的世界 1 & 2).

課本和參考材料:

  • 根本教材: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Acharya Kelsang Wangdi, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019 $30.02 USD
  • 根本教材: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications $22.50 USD
  • 輔助教材:Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019 $55.27 USD

BUD 620 道與地:通向證悟之路

授課老師: Jirka Hladiš, Stephanie Johnston
中文翻譯: 直播課同步中文翻譯,錄播課中文翻譯
直播課: 秋季學期 中國時間 每週四 2020年9月10日-12月3日7:30am-9:00am

課程簡介: 這門課程介紹覺醒之旅中的五道十地,或者說實現覺醒的各階以及結果:覺醒,佛身,佛智以及修行。 我們將學習踏上這條道途和前進所需要的條件,以及旅程的目標。

參加條件: 推薦學習這門課之前先完成BUD 610 中觀課程。

課本和參考材料: 目前所有教材只有英文版版本

  • 根本教材: The Presentation of Bhumis, Paths & Results in the Treasury of Knowledge (Salam), Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye, Nitartha Institute Publications $41.39 USD
  • 輔助教材: Commentary on The Presentation of Paths Bhumis, & 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 $46.33 USD

 

BUD 701 入中論2 (第一部分)第六章 般若 (偈誦6.1-6.23)

這是兩個學期的課程,會一直延續到2021年的春季學期

授課老師: 1998年本樂仁波切授課的錄音和筆錄,Phil Stanley 博士每週直播授課.

中文翻譯: Phil Stanley 博士的錄播課有中文翻譯。本樂仁波切的英文教授沒有中文翻譯。
直播課: 仁波切的課程和材料將在2020年9月4日開放。直播課:中國時間 每週日 9月13日-12月6日淩晨0:00-1:00

課程簡介: 這門課程介紹覺醒之旅中的五道十地,或者說實現覺醒的各階以及結果:覺醒,佛身,佛智以及修行。 我們將學習踏上這條道途和前進所需要的條件,以及旅程的目標。

參加條件: 門課程是結合第八世噶瑪巴米覺多傑 (1507-1554)的注釋,繼續深度學習月稱菩薩的入中論。我們將學習第六章的第一部分,也是著作的核心,關於般若的波羅蜜多, 通過駁斥四個極端的方式了悟空性見。 本節還介紹了中觀自續派和中觀應承派之間的區別。

課本和參考材料:

  • 根本材料:中文版,請點選連結下載 (點擊這裡)
  • Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara) Chapter 6, Part One, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 1998, Nitartha Institute Publications(只有英文版)$51.65 USD
  • The Karmapa’s Middle Way: Feast for the Fortunate, A Commentary on Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakāvatāra, Wangchuk Dorje, translated by Tyler Dewar, 2008 Snow Lion Publications (有e-book版本) (只有英文版)$44.95 USD