Welcome to Nitartha Summer Institute

Celebrating 20 years offering higher Buddhist studies, Nitartha’s highly qualified faculty teaches a Shedra curriculum unrivaled in North America. As you study the same courses taught in a Buddhist monastery, you can uncover profound insights into your mind and your world.

Courses & Schedule

Focus your summer studies in the Science of Mind or the Science of Creative Arts. After registering, you will choose from the available classes.



Here’s where your Shedra journey begins! The 2017 Summer Institute will be held July 7 – August 4 in beautiful Bellingham, Washington.



Hear what students and faculty say about Nitartha. Here, deep study meets meditation in a learning environment that is supportive, collegial, and kind.


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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R.D. Salga

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Acharya Lhakpa Tshering

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Mitra Lee Worley

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Enjoy the Nitartha Summer Experience