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Samdhinirmocana Sutra Recitation

Samdhinirmocana Sutra Recitation

We are happy to invite you to the next Samdhinirmocana Sutra recitation events in three languages: English, Chinese and Spanish. This is a precious opportunity for us as 2021 Summer Institute students to gather again and continue to enjoy the blessings of this special sutra. As suggested by Rinpoche, we will be reciting the first four chapters of the sutra together, along with our liturgy for this special occasion. The English chants will be screenshared, Chinese and Spanish students will receive the files to recite in their language channel. Please see the Zoom link below.

Date: October 21, Thursday
Time: 7AM PT, 8AM MT, 9AM

10月 15th, 2021|

Fall Semester Classes 2021

Our Fall Semester classes are starting soon. Registration is open for all the classes. Read more below.

BUD702 Madhyamakāvatāra III: Entrance to the Middle Way

This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Chandrakīrti’s Madhyamakāvatāra based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). Students complete the bulk of the sixth chapter on the pāramitā of prajñā. The topics covered include a detailed refutation of the proponents of consciousness and an extensive presentation of personal selflessness.

It will cover Chapter 6 on Prajñā: 1) Refutation of the Chittamatra, 2) Completion of the Refutation of Production from Both

8月 26th, 2021|

PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I (Part 2 of 2)

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This is an excerpt from the sourcebook we use in our Mind & Its World II class. Mind & Its World II explores the criteria of valid cognition based on the teachings of the Pramāna tradition, or Buddhist epistemology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; what the difference is between non-mistaken, non-deceiving, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. Practically speaking, this also provides the practitioner with the tools for delineating conceptual and nonconceptual

6月 7th, 2021|

PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I (Part 1 of 2)

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This excerpt is from our sourcebook we use for the
Mind & Its World IV course. 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.

PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I (Part 1 of 2)

Scott Wallenbach

PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I

-SCOTT WELLENBACH

Just as with the Vaibhaṣhika system, we will discuss the Sautrantika philosophical system in terms of basis, path, and result. The path and result

6月 1st, 2021|

The Way Consciousness Apprehends Objects

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This is an excerpt from the sourcebook we use in our Mind & Its World II class. Mind & Its World II explores the criteria of valid cognition based on the teachings of the Pramāna tradition, or Buddhist epistemology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; what the difference is between non-mistaken, non-deceiving, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. Practically speaking, this also provides the practitioner with the tools for delineating conceptual and nonconceptual types of mind in

5月 19th, 2021|

What is Analytical Meditation ?

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Sign up and receive the detailed instruction on Analytical Meditation: Taming the Mind by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

download the free ebook on analyticalmeditation.

What is analytical meditation?

The first step in a session of analytical meditation thus is the proper attitude and motivation. The second step is to sit in the correct posture. For analytical meditation, the physical posture is straightforward. Simply sit with crossed legs, keeping your

5月 15th, 2021|

Reissuing Nitartha Series Books


Shambhala publications is reissuing two of Nitartha series books by Karl Brunnholzl.

In Praise of Dharmadhatu

Nāgārjuna’s works sit at the heart of Mahāyāna Buddhist thought and practice, but he was renowned in Asia not only for his Madhyamaka work, but also his poetic collection of praises, most famously In Praise of Dharmadhatu. This book explores the scope, contents, and significance of Nāgārjuna’s scriptural legacy in India and Tibet, focusing primarily on this seminal work. The translation of Nāgārjuna’s hymn to buddha nature—here called dharmadhatu—shows how buddha nature is temporarily obscured in the experience of ordinary sentient beings, gradually uncovered through the path of bodhisattvas, and finally revealed in full

5月 13th, 2021|

How Bodhisattvas Take Birth in Samsara

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This is an excerpt from the sourcebook we use in our Buddha Nature course. This course is part of Level 4, along with Cittamatra. The teachings on Buddha Nature present an overview of the Tathāgatagarbha, or Buddha Nature tradition, the view of the luminous essence of awakening, the heart of goodness shared by all beings. Our exploration will rely on the key section of Uttaratantra of Maitreya (ca. 4th century) which establishes Buddha nature through three reasonings, its ten facets, nine analogies and five reasons why it is necessary to teach

5月 11th, 2021|

Skandha & Mental Events

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This is an excerpt from the sourcebook we use in our Mind & Its World IV class. Mind & Its World IV presents the path and result of foundational Buddhism. Students explore classifications of knowable object into specifically and generally characterized phenomena as well as the Sautrantika’s distinct presentation of the five aggregates. The path consists of calm abiding (samatha) and superior insight (vipashyana).

SKANDHA & MENTAL EVENTS

ĀCHĀRYA KELSANG WANGDI

BENEFIT OF STUDYING
Two benefits come from studying the five skandhas as a basis for the practice

5月 7th, 2021|

Mind That Apprehends Particulars

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This is an excerpt from the sourcebook we use in our Mind & Its World II class. Mind & Its World II explores the criteria of valid cognition based on the teachings of the Pramāna tradition, or Buddhist epistemology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; what the difference is between non-mistaken, non-deceiving, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. Practically speaking, this also provides the practitioner with the tools for delineating conceptual and nonconceptual types of mind in

5月 4th, 2021|

No Ground For The Two Realities (Part 2 of 2)

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The following is an excerpt from The Center Of the Sunlit Sky by Karl Brunnholzl. This course is an exposition of the Middle Way philosophical tradition, based on Part One of The Center of the Sunlit Sky, expressed as the ground, path and fruition of Madhyamaka. Students explore classification of knowable objects into the two realities and cultivate certainty in the view of emptiness of all phenomena, formulating the five great Madhyamaka reasonings. The course includes presentation of personal identitylessness, the sevenfold analysis of the chariot.

No Ground For

4月 28th, 2021|

No Ground For The Two Realities (Part 1 of 2)

This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications.

The following is an excerpt from The Center Of the Sunlit Sky by Karl Brunnholzl. This course is an exposition of the Middle Way philosophical tradition, based on Part One of The Center of the Sunlit Sky, expressed as the ground, path and fruition of Madhyamaka. Students explore classification of knowable objects into the two realities and cultivate certainty in the view of emptiness of all phenomena, formulating the five great Madhyamaka reasonings. The course includes presentation of personal identitylessness, the sevenfold analysis of the chariot.

No Ground For

4月 28th, 2021|

Explanation Of Generalities

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This course completes the introductory exposition of topics drawn from the Pramāna and Abhidhama traditions, based on the Classifications of Mind and Collected Topics root text. It provides students with the tools for delineating conceptual and non-conceptual mind in meditation, known as the essential modes of engagement of mind. This is followed by the exposition of Buddhist psychology —classification of consciousness into primary minds and mental events.

EXPLANATION OF GENERALITIES

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

Some of the definitions in the Lorik differ from the definitions given in the Collected

4月 21st, 2021|

Explanation Of The Seventh Consciousness

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The following is an excerpt from 2008 Commentary on Mind Only Tenet System by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen. This is included in the section, Ways Of Asserting Perceiving Minds III, of the sourcebook we use in our Cittamatra course.

Some topics we learn about in details in the course are:

  • Distinctions of the greater and lesser vehicles
  • Mind only scriptural sources, definition
  • The meaning of the term “mind only,” examples
  • Mind only school reasonings
  • Real aspectarians and false aspectarians
  • Presentation of the three natures
  • Definition of mind; self-awareness
  • All-base consciousness;
4月 13th, 2021|

Minds That Apprehend Appearance

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The following is an excerpt from Minds that Apprehend Appearance by Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen. This is included in the sourcebook we use in our Mind & its World II course. This course completes the Classification of Mind (Lorik) root text, from the tradition of Pramāna or Buddhist epistemology that students begin in Mind and Its World I.

MINDS THAT APPREHEND APPEARANCE

Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen

The second main section of the Lorik text is the specific analysis of the essential modes of engagement of the mind. It has five subsections.

4月 7th, 2021|

Hearing, Contemplation & Meditation Part II of II

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The following is part II of an excerpt from Commentary on Hinayana Tenets by Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen (You can read part I here). This is included in the introduction section of the sourcebook we use in our Mind & its World I course. Some things we learn about in details in the course rare:

  • Divisions of mind
  • Definitions of valid cognition
  • Definition of direct valid cognition
  • Sense direct valid cognition
  • Two truths in Vaibhashika and Sautrantika view
  • Process of perception in Vaibhashika and Sautrantika view
  • Mental direct
4月 7th, 2021|

Hearing, Contemplation & Meditation Part I of II

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The following is part II of an excerpt from Commentary on Hinayana Tenets by Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen (You can read part I here). This is included in the introduction section of the sourcebook we use in our Mind & its World I course. Some things we learn about in details in the course rare:

  • Divisions of mind
  • Definitions of valid cognition
  • Definition of direct valid cognition
  • Sense direct valid cognition
  • Two truths in Vaibhashika and Sautrantika view
  • Process of perception in Vaibhashika and Sautrantika view
  • Mental direct
4月 7th, 2021|

The Wheel Of Analytical Meditation by DPR

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This excerpt is taken from our ebook that we are giving away this year, Analytical Meditation: Taming the Mind. Please sign up here to receive this detailed, 20-page ebook on analytical meditation by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

The Wheel Of Analytical Meditation

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

In a different text by Lama Mipham, he says that meditation devoid of analysis is like falling asleep and is therefore not beneficial. That is why analysis is taught to be important in our approach to the Buddhist teachings. When

3月 15th, 2021|

Meditation On Repulsiveness

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This excerpt is taken from our ebook that we are giving away this year, Analytical Meditation: Taming the Mind. Please sign up here to receive this detailed, 20-page ebook on analytical meditation by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Meditation On Repulsiveness

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

We are human beings, one of the six classes of sentient beings who live in the desire realm of the three realms of samsara. Since we live in the desire realm, desire is foremost among the mental afflictions for us. All the

3月 15th, 2021|

How To Look For The Self In The Skandhas

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This is a continuation of the presentation of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche from Nitartha Institute, July-August 2007, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA.

Arranged by Jirka Hladiš

How to Look for the Self in the Skandhas

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

It would be good for us to practice this meditation today by concentrating first on the question: “Where does the thought that apprehends the self arise from in the beginning?” If we find that our thoughts self originate within the five skandhas, then we should search through each of the five skandhas individually.

For

3月 9th, 2021|

Mind & Mental Events

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This excerpt is from the sourcebook that we use for the Mind & Its World II course. This course completes the Classification of Mind (Lorik) root text, from the tradition of Pramāna or Buddhist epistemology that students began in Mind and Its World I. This course has two main sections. The first provides the practitioner with the tools for delineating conceptual and non- conceptual types of mind in meditation. This teaching is codified as the modes of engagement of mind. The second section investigates mind in terms of

3月 3rd, 2021|

Manifest & Hidden Phenomena

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This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications.

 

This excerpt is from our sourcebook we use for the Mind & Its World IV course. 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.

If you are curious about this course, learn more here: Nitartha Online Campus.


MANIFEST & HIDDEN PHENOMENA
ACHARYA SHERAB GYALTSEN

The division of objects of comprehension is twofold: manifest phenomena and hidden phenomena.


MANIFEST PHENOMENA
A manifest phenomenon is something that can be actually realized through

2月 23rd, 2021|

Meditation On Selflessness

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This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications.

This excerpt is from our sourcebook we use for Mind & Its World IV class. 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.

MEDITATION ON SELFLESSNESS
By ACHARYA KELSANG WANGDI

Personal selflessness can be explained in three contexts:

  1. the twelve links of dependent origination.
  2. the four noble truths or the four realities.
  3. the sixteen aspects of the four realities.

Here, we begin with body and mind.

THE BODY IS NOT THE SELF

The basic

2月 1st, 2021|

Appearing Object & Referent Object

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This excerpt is from Lorik Oral Commentary by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:

Objects of Conceptual Mind & Direct Perception. This is one of the topics we study in our popular “Mind & Its World II: Modes of Engagement & Mental Events” class. This course completes the Classification of Mind (Lorik) root text, from the tradition of Pramana or Buddhist epistemology that students began in Mind and Its World I. This course has two main sections.

APPEARING OBJECT & REFERENT OBJECT

By Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

The conceptual mind has two

2月 1st, 2021|

A Gift of a Tibetan-language Dharma Ebook from Nitartha International

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Tibetan-language Dharma Ebook from Nitartha International

In order to help bring all positive conditions together in support of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, as the calendar moves toward the year of the Ox (the birth year of His Holiness), Nitartha International is offering for free download a Tibetan-language ebook containing precious, revered texts as well as a compilation of long-life prayers for His Holiness Karmapa. The ebook contains the Tibetan text of “Chanting the Names of Mañjuśrī (འཇམ་དཔལ་མཚན་བརྗོད་)” and “The Aspiration

1月 22nd, 2021|

Thank you to our Global Outreach donors!

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Thank you to all those who contributed to our 2019 Global Outreach campaign!

We are very happy to report that we raised more than $19,000 of our ambitious goal of $20,000. Thanks to your support, we will be able to reach more people by:

  • Raising more awareness around the globe about our Summer Institute and online campus.
  • Helping keep students connected through social media and the Nitartha newsletter.
  • Making it easier for people to learn about Nitartha by redesigning our website to make the information more easily accessible and readable.

Donations are still being accepted. Read more!

1月 14th, 2020|

How Tibetan translators can benefit from attending Nitartha Institute classes

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Are you a professional or an aspiring Tibetan translator? Here are 5 reasons how studying at Nitartha Institute – with its foundation, intermediate and advanced curriculum classes – can help you:

  1.  You learn to understand basic Buddhist terminology and ideas/concepts, that are common in Hinayana and Mahayana schools. The foundation curriculum lays the ground with cognitive theory, ontology and logic. The Nitartha foundational curriculum teaches precise definitions, meaning, and usage of critical distinctions, such as when would you use “mind” or “consciousness” or “awareness” in your translations. By fully understanding the Pramana traditions, your translations will gain consistency and clarity. Make translation choices that
1月 11th, 2020|

2020 Offerings

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Don’t Miss This Year’s Offerings!

Pre-Summer Online Course Registration is Now Open! Click here for information about the pre-summer Mahamudra shamatha, Mahamudra Vipashyana-I, and Luminous Essence (Guhyagarbha) courses, including eligibility requirements and applications. (For those who are going to attend the 2020 Summer Institute and who meet the eligibility criteria.)

New Discussion groups: Register now for our first in a series of online discussions with Nitartha faculty: Madhyamaka with Israel Lifshitz, on January 18, 10-11am Pacific time. Free of charge. (This discussion is particularly recommended for those who have taken the Madhyamaka course at Nitartha.)

New Advanced Online Course:  Registration

1月 8th, 2020|

A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart

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The new book “A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart -The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra and Its Tibetan Commentaries” by Nitartha faculty member and renowned translator Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl will be available in November!

In this book Karl offers translations of three versions of The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra. He accompanies them with translations of commentaries by three famous Tibetan masters: Jigmé Lingpa, the Fifteenth Karmapa, and Tsültrim Sangpo. Typical for Karl’s works, you will find rich annotation and appendices in this

10月 1st, 2018|

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche teaching at the Summer Institute 2018!

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We are delighted that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will teach two classes at the Summer Institute 2018!

The classes will be held during Module 1 (July 6-14) and Module 2 (July 16-24) and will be offered on alternating days.

Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies: A Lamp of Essential Points

This course is a systematic overview of Mipham´s teachings on the Middle Way by the influential scholar of the twentieth century Bötrül (1898-1959) of the Nyingma tradition. Bötrül’s root text, Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies, and his auto-commentary, Ornament of Mañjughoa´s Viewpoint, provide a meaning commentary on Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty.

Bötrül sets forth an understanding of

1月 27th, 2018|

Save the dates for Gomdra & Shedra at the Summer Institute 2018!

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Please find below the exact dates for the Shedra sessions and the Gomdra modules at the Summer Institute 2018:

Shedra

Shedra Session 1 (14 days)
July 6 (Friday) – July 19 (Thursday)
Travel Day: July 20 (Friday)

Shedra Session 2 (14 days)
July 21 (Saturday) – August 3 (Friday)
Travel Day: August 4 (Saturday)

Gomdra

Gomdra Module 1 (9 days)
July 6 (Friday) – July 14 (Saturday)
Travel day: July 15 (Sunday)

Gomdra Module 2 (9 days)
July 16 (Monday)- July 24 (Tuesday)
Travel day: July 25 (Wednesday)

Gomdra Module 3 (9 days)
July 26 (Thursday) – Aug 3 (Friday)
Travel Day: August 4 (Saturday)

1月 8th, 2018|

Renowned Thangka Painter RD Salga will be back at the Summer Institute!

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In the Science of Creativity and the Arts track of the Summer Institute 2018, master thangka painter RD Salga will offer hands-on studio classes which focus on drawing and painting Buddhas using the guides and techniques of the Karma Gadri tradition, the painting tradition of the Karmapas noted for its elegance of form, colour, and composition.

RD Salga has more than thirty four years’ experience in composing and painting Tibetan thangkas of every major Tibetan Buddhist subject and tradition.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to get one-on-one instruction from one of the few masters of this tradition left in the world today.

For more info

1月 5th, 2018|

Join us for Tibetan Language Classes at the Summer Institute 2018

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We are happy to announce that we will again offer Tibetan language classes at the Summer Institute 2018!

The Introduction to Tibetan class is oriented toward beginners who have little knowledge of Tibetan butwould like to gain some familiarity with the language and how it is translated into English. You will learn the alphabet and pronunciation and learn some songs of Milarepa and how to chant them, while at the same time investigate their meaning in both Tibetan and in English. You will gain a richer understanding of the songs composed by one of Tibet’s great masters.

The Tibetan Reading Class is for students who know

1月 1st, 2018|

Smiling Radiance of the Laughing Mañjugośa — 12–21 January 2018 in Warsaw, Poland

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Karma Dechen Choling is honoured to host this historical, very first presentation of the 6th Shamarpa’s Presentation of a Summary of the Common Teachings, Smiling Radiance of the Laughing Mañjugośa in the West. Acharya Lama Kelsang Wangdi will present the teachings with translation into English by Ani Chöying and Polish by Tomasz Szczygielski.

12–21 January 2018

Karma Dechen Choling
Center of Buddhism Mahayana
Jana Nowaka Jeziorańskiego Street 49/U12
Poland, 03-982 Warsaw

Schedule

Opening lecture: 12 January 2018, 19:00–20:30 (CET)

13–21 January 2018
9:00–18:00 daily : 3 sessions + discussion group

Registration
  • €100 payable via bank transfer or in cash at the beginning of program
  • Online participation possible through webinar platform
  • Please
12月 30th, 2017|

Mudra Space Awareness with Mitra Lee Worley at the Summer Institute 2018!

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We are happy to announce that Mitra Lee Worley will again offer Mudra Space Awareness at the Summer Institute 2018!

Mudra Space Awareness is a series of physical and vocal exercises derived from the Mahamudra and Maha Ati traditions of Tibetan Buddhism as presented in the West by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Mitra Lee Worley studied Mudra Space Awareness directly under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

In 2017, for the first time, Mitra Lee had offered Mudra Space Awaress at the Summer Institute and students enjoyed this unique practice and her guidance.

In 2018, Mudra Space Awareness will be offered in modules 1 and 2. These classes

12月 28th, 2017|

Save the date! Summer Institute 2018

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The Summer Institute 2018 will be held from July 6 – August 2, 2018 in Bellingham, Washington! Join us for another summer of incredible teachings.

The two primary tracks at the Summer Institute are complementary and feed back into each other. The Shedra track emphasizes learning the crucial distinctions about mind and processes of consciousness – like a decoder key to the pith instructions for training on the path. The Gomdra track emphasizes meditative practice as the method to discover, experience, and integrate new possibilities for being, sanity, and wisdom. As learning and insight develop in the Shedra, this enhances meditative experience. As meditative experience

12月 1st, 2017|

9-Day Intensive in Poland

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30 Sept–8 Oct 2016
Warsaw, Poland

A nine day intensive Nitartha program was held Friday 30 Sept – Saturday 8 Oct, 2016 in downtown Warsaw’s beautiful, brand new, Dharma center. Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen has said that the center, known as Karma Dechen Choling, “delights all the Buddhas of the three times.”

More than twenty students from Poland and Greece participated in the program. For seven students, this was their final course of the Intermediate Curriculum and they obtained the certificate of completion signed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

12月 21st, 2016|

Mind & Its World I and Clear Thinking

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Fall 2016
Boulder, CO

This fall in Boulder, Colorado we have many students both local and online studying the foundational curriculum in the BUD 501 Mind & Its World I and BUD 502 Clear Thinking courses. Our own long-time faculty member Jirka Hladiš is presenting Mind & Its World I; he has been a part of Nitartha Intitute since 2002 and a faculty member since 2007. In addition we have two new teachers-in-training presenting the Clear Thinking course: Susan Aposhyan and Francis Sullivan. Susan Aposhyan lives here in Boulder and is a psychotherapist, writer, and teacher. She formally was a student of Trungpa Rinpoche, and now practices under Dzogchen Ponlop

12月 21st, 2016|

Science of Creative Arts (SoCA) in Mexico

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October 2016
Morelia, Mexico

Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl taught on the Heart Sutra for a weekend and also gave an excellent two hour overview of The Five Treatises of Maitreya*.

於二零一六年十月份,導師卡爾•賓賀素 (Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl)為墨西哥莫里利亞的同學教授了一個以<心經>為題的週末課程,並舉行了一個關於<彌勒五論>的講座。*

To complement the Heart Sutra teachings, Stephanie Johnston, taught three classes based on the Science of Creative Arts curriculum entitled “Symbolizing the Awakened Heart: Buddhist Visual Literacy and the Heart Sutra.”  The classes introduced the three main principles of Buddhist Visual Literacy (BVL)—visual literacy, valid cognition, and iconography—and applied them to the dilemma of symbolizing prajaparamita

12月 21st, 2016|

EMOTIONAL RESCUE with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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Friday, July 22, 2016 — A Public Event with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Emotions bring color and meaning to our lives, but they can also put us on an exhausting rollercoaster ride that takes us to blissful peak states, the depths of delusion and despair, and everything in between. Only by learning to relate to our emotions skillfully can we benefit from their richness and gain wisdom, instead of letting them control us. When we bring awareness to our emotions, something truly amazing happens – they lose their power to make us miserable.

When you begin to open your heart to the suffering of the world, it can sometimes

7月 22nd, 2016|

The Science of Healing and Mindfulness

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A Nine-Day Program: August 4-12, 2016

Teaching mindfulness meditation and mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) in health care and society is a mind-body discipline joining experiential understanding, practice competencies, and conceptual knowledge the pedagogy integrating contemplative wisdom with evidence-based psychological and scientific inquiry.

For those who facilitate or wish to facilitate mindfulness meditations and MBIs within healthcare, mental health, education, business, leadership and organizational settings, The Science of Healing and Mindfulness:

  • Offers experiential learning, coaching and collective inquiry in the practice and facilitation of mindfulness meditations, compassion practices, and mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) in daily life.
  • Provides clarity as to the origins, meanings, and practice of mindfulness
5月 10th, 2016|

Abhidharmakosha with Acharya Kelzang Wangdi

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At Nalanda West, Seattle: May 9-28, 2016

Join us for Acharya Kelzang Wangdi’s third year of teachings on Eighth Karmapa’s commentary for Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Higher Knowledge (Abhidharmakośha) at Nalanda West, in Seattle, Monday, May 9th through Saturday, May 28th.

He will be teaching Chapter 6, which is on the path as presented by the Vaibhāṣhikas and Sautrāntikas. The chapter begins with the four noble truths and the two truths, and then goes into the details of the stages of the path, which are analogous to the five paths of the Mahāyāna tradition.

For context, these teachings are part of Nitartha Institute’s Advanced Curriculum and are related to the

5月 6th, 2016|

Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program

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Join us for the Summer 2016 Buddhist Studies Program! July 15-Aug 13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Explore how everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, Nitartha Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan Buddhist science of mind. Summer Program registration deadline: May 29, 2016Click here to register now.

The Summer 2016 Science of Mind: Buddhist Studies Program is part of our Nitartha Summer Institute—an intensive residential program which occurs annually, over the span of four weeks. Typically, the summer schedule

5月 3rd, 2016|

Mind and Its World III at Nalanda West, Seattle

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BUD 520 Mind and Its World III: Causality, Karma Cause & Effect, and Four Applications of Mindfulness

Instructor: Stuart Horn, PhD
Teacher in Training: Sandra Roscoe, PhD
Attendance: Online & In-class

Residential Location:
Nalandabodhi Seattle
Nalanda West, Vajra Spot

Meeting Times: 11 Wednesdays: March 23 – June 1, 2016 (7 – 8:30 pm PST)

Course Description:
This course begins with a brief review of mind and its functions, or mental events, followed by a detailed phenomenological account of causes and results from the Abhidharma and the presentation of the twelve links of dependent origination which is Buddha’s response to the perennial questions of where we came from, where we are now, and

3月 1st, 2016|

SAVE THE DATES! Nitartha Summer Institute 2016

Manifest & Hidden Phenomena

We’re pleased to announce that the dates and new venue for the 2016 Nitartha Summer Institute have been confirmed. Mark your calendars! Friday, July 15 through Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This year’s complete summer program will run for four weeks from Friday, July 15th through Saturday, August 13th, 2016. We anticipate being able to offer courses from three of our academic departments:

  • Department of Buddhist Studies (BUD)
  • Department of Languages (LAN)
  • Department of Healing (HEA)

In addition, we will again offer a Mahamudra Practice Intensive (Gomdra) program for qualified students, similar to what we have

2月 13th, 2016|

Reopened! Self-Paced Online Courses

Manifest & Hidden Phenomena

After a period of hiatus, Nitartha Institute is happy to announce that we have reopened our Self-Paced Online Courses! (SPOCs)

Our entire Foundation and Intermediate curricula are available as SPOCs. These are full, complete, archived versions of courses that were previously taught by experienced and dedicated faculty members.

You can take these classes online, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home through streaming video or downloadable audio.

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

11月 12th, 2015|
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