Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s Teachings

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will teach two different classes on alternating days at the Summer Institute 2019. Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies: A Lamp of Essential Points by Bötrül is open to all students attending the Nitartha Summer Institute.

The other course, Luminous Essence: The Tantra of the Secret Essence by Lama Mipham, is only open for students who fulfill certain prerequisites.

Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies

A Lamp of Essential Points by Bötrül

In 2019, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will continue to teach Bötrül’s masterful text Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies on Mipham Rinpoche’s presentation of the view of the Dzogchen vehicle by clarifying difficult points that include Madhyamaka tenets. This course is a systematic overview of Mipham’s teachings on the Middle Way by the influential scholar of the twentieth century Bötrül (1898-1959) of the Nyingma tradition.

Bötrül sets forth an understanding of “emptiness” and the Middle Way School that is unique to his Nyingma school, within a rich constellation of diverse perspectives, contrasting Nyingma views point by point with positions held by other Tibetan Buddhist schools. Bötrül was an ordained monk and incarnate lama who taught at several monastic colleges in eastern and central Tibet. Many of his students were among the most influential leaders of the Nyingma school.

This course is open to all attendant of the Summer Institute.

Luminous Essence:

The Tantra of the Secret Essence by Lama Mipham

The Tantra of the Secret Essence (Skt: Guhyagarbha Tantra, Tib: Gsang ba´i snying po) is the main tantra of the Mahāyoga class of tantras and is the main text on tantric view studied in the Nyingma tradition. In this course, this tantra will be studied based on Mipham Rinpoche’s Luminous Essence (‘od gsal snying po), which is his celebrated commentary on Longchenpa’s commentary on the Guhyagarbha called Dispelling Darkness in the Ten Directions (Tib: phyogs bcu’i mun sel). Mipham’s text presents the ground, path, and fruition of tantra, and the ten topics of the tantric path: view, conduct, maṇḍala, empowerment, samaya, activity, accomplishment, samādhi, offering pūja, and mantra with mudrā.

This is a precious opportunity to study this profound text on the views of the Nyingma tradition.

Students must apply in order to attend this class as there are prerequisites.

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an automated confirmation. If there are further questions about eligibility, please allow us up to 2 weeks for application processing.

Mahamudra Silent Retreat

During Session 3 (25 July–2 August 2019), Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will lead a Mahamudra Silent Retreat.

Students may join this Mahamudra Retreat without having attended either of the two previous 9-day mahamudra programs. The only requirement is that they have previous experience with mahamudra meditation, based on receiving practice instructions from a mahamudra teacher.

Students who have attended Session 1 or 2 of the Summer Institute will continue having a daily class in Buddhist Studies. Students who are only attending Session 3 will be fully immersed in the practice retreat with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen.

Click here to see a sample schedule for the Mahamudra Silent Retreat.

Register for Session 3 only

Advanced Buddhist Studies

BUD 714 Mahāyānasūtrālamkāra: Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras

Instructor: Mitra Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl

As the longest of the famous five texts of Maitreya, the Mahāyānasūtrālamkāra is a true encyclopedia of the mahayana, discussing every aspect of the path of a bodhisattva in terms of the view, meditation, conduct, and fruition, mainly from the Yogacara point of view. This will be the third year of an in-depth exploration of this text at Nitartha Institute and we will conclude this text by discussing its chapters 14 to 21, which include practice, skillful means, the paramitas, means of attraction, the immeasurables, the meditations on all five paths, the qualities, and enlightened activity.

This course is free for on-site students enrolled in the Nitartha Summer Institute and will be webcast for remote students.