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Nitartha Summer Institute Online Classes

Can’t attend Nitartha Summer Institute in person? Online learning and live webcasts of some classes will be available.

Live webcasts during the Summer Institute

Currently the following classes are scheduled to be offered as a webcast during the summer:

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Live Webcasts 2019

Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies by Bötrül (Part II)

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

In 2019, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will continue to teach on Bötrül’s masterful text Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies. This treatise is a comprehensive presentation of the distinctive qualities of the Nyingma view in comparison to the other major schools and reveals the meaning of Lama Mipham’s view of Dzogchen expressed in his famous Beacon of Certainty.

This text is extremely important if you want to understand the unique positions of the Nyingma school. It’s needless to say that this text is important to those who belong to the Nyingma school, but those who don’t will still benefit from understanding what the positions are. In terms of what is the correct view and incorrect view, this text is also important. It’s been really wonderful because for a long time we’ve had this wish and desire to present the unique view and unique philosophical assertions of the Nyingma tradition and so this year I’ve had this chance to present a bit here through Bötrül’s text and the Guhyagarbha Tantra.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

This course is open to all and will be offered as a live-streaming (live webcast: 10:50 am-12:10 noon PDT every other day) and as recorded audio files in Moodle, so that you can listen at your convenience.

When:

  • Sessions 1 & 2 (5–13 July 2019, 15–23 July 2019)
  • 10:50 am-12:10 noon PDT (+7 UTC/GMT) every other day

Cost:

  • Summer Program students: free (included in tuition)
  • Singe Session Summer Program students: $150 USD for online access to other session
  • Online only students: $350 USD

Delivery: live webcast and Moodle access until 8/31/2019

Course: BUD 797

Mind & Its World

Dr. Phil Stanley & Jirka Hladiš

This course explores the criteria of valid cognition based on the teachings of the Pramāna tradition, or Buddhist epistemology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; what the difference is between non-mistaken, non-deceiving, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. Practically speaking, this also provides the practitioner with the tools for delineating conceptual and nonconceptual types of mind in meditation.

The course also presents a detailed treatment of objects in the form of definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications drawn from Collected Topics, the introductory textbook of the Abhidharma or Buddhist phenomenology. Furthermore, we will explore the modes of engagement of mind and investigate mind in terms of the mental events that describe specific functional aspects of mind, as well as determine its virtuous or afflicted states, in order to cultivate the former and relinquish the latter.

This course is linked with Mahamudra teachings of Level 1 and encompasses three main topics: valid cognition, modes of engagement, and mental factors; one topic will be covered each session.

This course is open to all and will be offered as a live-streaming course (live webcast: 9:10-10:30am PDT every day) with recorded audio files in Moodle (Nitartha’s online campus), so that you can listen at your convenience.

When:

  • Sessions 1, 2 & 3 (5–13 July 2019, 15–23 July 2019, 25 July–2 August 2019)
  • 9:10-10:30am PDT (+7 UTC/GMT) every day

Cost:

  • Summer Program students: free (included in tuition)
  • Online students: $350 USD

Delivery: live webcast and Moodle access until 8/31/2019

Course: BUD 501/BUD 510

Madhyamaka Philosophical Tradition: Not Even a Middle

Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl & Dr. Stuart Horn

This course is an overview of the final view of the Buddhist philosophy—Madhyamaka, or the Middle Way tradition of Mahāyāna, which propounds the view of śūnyatā, the emptiness of all phenomena, the transcendence of all views, freedom from elaborations.

This year’s Madhyamaka course will be new in two regards.

  1. It will be mainly based on Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s own take on Madhyamaka as it appears in the Nalandabodhi Study Path 300 series, supplemented by additional materials from Center of the Sunlit Sky and The Heart Attack Sutra.
  2. The essential Madhyamika approach of searching for some kind of real existence or a middle but not finding any will be linked to the same approach in Mahamudra vipashyana. In this way, it is designed to help discover the experience of the spacious and relaxed openness that cannot be grasped or pinpointed.

The Madhyamaka teachings will be linked with Mahamudra teachings of Level 2. This course is open to all and will be offered as a live-streaming course (live webcast: 9:10-10:30am PDT every day) with recorded audio files in Moodle (Nitartha’s online campus), so that you can listen at your convenience.

When:

  • Sessions 1 & 2 (5–13 July 2019, 15–23 July 2019)
  • 9:10-10:30am PDT (+7 UTC/GMT) every day

Cost:

  • Summer Program students: free (included in tuition)
  • Online students: $300 USD

Delivery: live webcast and Moodle access until 8/31/2019

Course: BUD 610

Mahāyānasūtrālamkāra: Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras

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 open to all and will be offered as a live-streaming course (live webcast: 2:00-3:10pm PDT every day) with recorded audio files in Moodle (Nitartha’s online campus), so that you can listen at your convenience.

When:

  • Sessions 1 & 2 (5–13 July 2019, 15–23 July 2019)
  • 2:00-3:10pm PDT (+7 UTC/GMT) every day

Cost:

  • Summer Program students: free (included in tuition)
  • Singe Session Summer Program students: $125 USD for online access to other session
  • Online students: $300 USD

Delivery: live webcast and Moodle access until 8/31/2019

Course: BUD 714

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