7 06, 2021

PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I (Part 2 of 2)

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

1 06, 2021

PRESENTATION OF THE BASIS I (Part 1 of 2)

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. 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 are essentially

19 05, 2021

The Way Consciousness Apprehends Objects

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

7 04, 2021

Hearing, Contemplation & Meditation Part II of II

This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications. 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 valid cognition Self-aware

7 04, 2021

Hearing, Contemplation & Meditation Part I of II

This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications. 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 valid cognition Self-aware

15 03, 2021

Meditation On Repulsiveness

This excerpt is copyrighted material, please do not use or copy without written permission from Nitartha Publications.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 other mental afflictions, such as aggression,

3 03, 2021

Mind & Mental Events

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

11 01, 2020

How Tibetan translators can benefit from attending Nitartha Institute classes

Manifest & Hidden Phenomena 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:  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

8 01, 2020

2020 Offerings

Manifest & Hidden Phenomena 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 is now

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