Nitartha Summer Institute 2021 is online!

Session 1: July 2–10, 2021

Session 2: July 12–20, 2021

Session 3: July 22–30, 2021

Registration will open March 15, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email info@nitarthainstitute.org or call us at  (+1) 312-636-9112.

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Tuition Includes

  • Daily teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (18 talks over 2 sessions)
  • Daily meditation sessions open to all students led by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen (27 days over 3 sessions)
  • Mahamudra Shamatha led by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen for qualified students (18 days over 2 sessions)
  • One shedra (study) level (up to 27 teachings)
  • Elective Tibetan languages courses: Colloquial & Intermediate Tibetan (27 days over 3 sessions)
  • Recordings of courses in which you are registered, to view at a time that is convenient for you!

Payment plans and financial assistance are available; click here to apply.


Refund policy: In case of cancellation, a full refund will be given by the registration deadline of June 11, 2021. A processing fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations between June 11 and July 1. No refunds will be possible on or after July 1, 2021.

Academic credit: Please note that tuition is $500 for students who are seeking academic credit from their educational institutions.

Daily Schedules

Sessions 1 & 2

Note: PT = Pacific Time, CEST = Central European Summer Time, CST = China Standard Time

Schedule for Sessions 1 & 2

Period Time Course
1 6:30–7:50 am PT
3:30–4:50 pm CEST
9:30 pm–10:50 pm CST
Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature (Intermediate Tibetan)
{no class on Day 1}
2 8:00–9:15 am PT
5:00–6:15 pm CEST
11:00 pm–12:15 am CST
Community Meditation with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
{Nitartha Summer Institute Orientation on Day 1}
15 minutes Break
3 9:30–11:00 am PT
6:30–8:00 pm CEST
12:30–2:00 am CST (+1 day)
Sandhinirmocana Sutra taught by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
90 minutes Break
4

12:30–2:00 pm PT
9:30–11:00 pm CEST
3:30–5:00 am CST (+1 day)

Four levels of shedra (study) classes taught by Nitartha faculty:
Level 1: Mind and Its World I & II
Level 2: Mind and Its World III & IV
Level 3: Madhyamaka
Level 4: Cittamātra and Buddha Nature
1 hour Break
5

3:00–4:30 pm PT
12:00–1:30 am CEST
6:00–7:30am CST (+1 day)

Mahamudra Shamatha practice led by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen:
Prerequisites are required. Please click here to verify your eligibility.
1 hour Break
6

5:30–6:30 pm PT
2:30–3:30 am CEST (+1 day)
8:30–9:30 am CST (+1 day)

Discussion groups – days vary depending on course (optional)
7

7:00–8:30 pm PT
4:00–5:30 am CEST (+1 day)
10:00–11:30 am CST (+1 day)

Colloquial Tibetan (beginning and intermediate on alternating days, starting on Day 1)

Period 1

6:30–7:50 am PT
3:30–4:50 pm CEST
9:30 pm–10:50 pm CST

Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature (Intermediate Tibetan)
{no class on Day 1}

Period 2

8:00–9:15 am PT
5:00–6:15 pm CEST
11:00 pm–12:15 am CST

Community Meditation with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
{Nitartha Summer Institute orientation on Day 1}

BREAK

15 minutes

Period 3

9:30–11:00 am PT
6:30–8:00 pm CEST
12:30–2:00 am CST (+1 day)

Sandhinirmocana Sutra taught by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

BREAK

90 minutes

Period 4

12:30–2:00 pm PT
9:30–11:00 pm CEST
3:30–5:00 am CST (+1 day)

Four levels of shedra (study) classes

BREAK

1 hour

Period 5

3:00–4:30 pm PT
12:00–1:30 am CEST
6:00–7:30am CST (+1 day)

Mahamudra Shamatha practice led by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Prerequisites are required. Please click here to verify your eligibility.

BREAK

1 hour

Period 6

5:30–6:30 pm PT
2:30–3:30 am CEST (+1 day)
8:30–9:30 am CST (+1 day)

Discussion Groups – days vary depending on course (optional)

Period 7

7:00–8:30 pm PT
4:00–5:30 am CEST (+1 day)
10:00–11:30 am CST (+1 day)

Colloquial Tibetan (beginning and intermediate on alternating days, starting on Day 1)

Students will be notified of any changes to the schedule.

Session 3

Session 3 is a continuation of shedra classes (levels 1, 2, and 4), Tibetan language classes, and Community Meditation.