Welcome to Nitartha Summer Institute

We believe that the study of Buddhism is most meaningful when a student awakens the heart and mind. At Nitartha Summer Institute, you can explore all aspects of your experience in a uniquely powerful learning environment designed for personal transformation.

Courses & Schedule

Explore your options! Our highly qualified faculty teaches a Tibetan Shedra curriculum unrivaled in North America. With 20 years of experience, we have seen our graduates go on to make contributions at major universities and nonprofit organizations, and to realize wisdom and compassion in their personal lives and relationships.



Engage with leading Buddhist teachers, in the same courses you would study in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, yet expertly translated and presented with you in mind. Learn the ancient teachings behind the mindfulness movement, the contemplative approach to creative arts, integrative medicine, and more.



Enjoy a learning environment that is supportive, collegial, and kind, where deep study meets meditation practice among the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. At Nitartha you can ask questions of the world’s finest Buddhist scholars, teachers who are willing to say “I don’t know” and then help you dig deeper to find your own answers.


Exceptional Teachers in a Beautiful Place

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

We’re cultivating our intelligence as opposed to expanding or upgrading its contents. It’s like brightening a room by putting a higher-watt lightbulb in a lamp. Suddenly we can see everything in the room much more clearly.

—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

Nitartha is a unique place for Buddhist practice and study where you can combine the intellectual mind and experiential heart.

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

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Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

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Mitra Tyler Dewar

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Dr. Phil Stanley

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Scott Wellenbach

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Stephanie Johnston

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Jirka Hladiš

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Dr. Linda E. Patrik

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Mark Seibold

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Israel Lifshitz

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Sandra Roscoe, PhD

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Dr. Stuart Horn

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Mitra Lee Worley

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