23 Years of Nitartha
Originally established as the first English shedra in the West, Nitartha Institute was modeled after the Tibetan monastic universities (Tibetan བཤད་ grw bshad grva meaning ‘place of learning’.)
Today it is a unique program combining study and mediation based on a genuine and authentic lineage and is available in its various forms in North America, Europe, and online.
Authentic Lineage and Modern Methods
Under the direct guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen Tibetan masters, translators, committed students collaborate to preserve lineage texts and sustain the oral tradition. This allows you to receive genuine lineage teachings in a teaching style that is a unique blend of modern Western and traditional Tibetan pedagogical approaches, suited to 21st century practitioners.
Summer Intensive, Local Courses and Online Learning
The Summer Institute is a four-week intensive program held each year in July/August, celebrating its 24th year in 2020! Previously divided into shedra (Buddhist studies) and gomdra (meditation intensive), it is now a unique program combining both meditation and study.
In addition to the Summer Institute, Nitartha also offers weekly courses in selected locations and self-paced online classes, which allow you to study with others in your area who have similar interests, or in the convenience of your own home.
A Diverse and Inspiring Community
You will be part of an inspiring community with many experienced practitioners and scholars who offer support beyond the classrooms. We value the Nitartha family and strive to build a community where everyone feels welcome.
Nitartha Institute has faculty members from more than 6 countries and its students are from over 15 countries, which creates a true international experience.