Welcome to the Summer Institute!

Please review the prerequisites below to find the courses that apply to your level.  

Mahamudra Shamatha
First-year students

All new and returning Nitartha students are welcome to attend the Mahamudra Shamatha course. Please note that prior to the 2020 Summer Institute, Mahamudra shamatha students are required to read and study The Progressive Stages on the Meditation of Emptiness by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (available at the Nalanda Store). The Open Door to Emptiness by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a recommended reading.

Mahamudra Vipashyana-I
Second-year students

You are eligibile to take this course if you:

  • have completed both sessions of Mahamudra Shamatha at a previous Summer Institute, or
  • have taken one session of Mahamudra Shamatha at a previous Summer Institute and you finish the Mahamudra Shamatha course by taking the Pre-summer Online Mahamudra Shamatha course (required). Click here for information about pre-summer courses, or
  • have received some Mahamudra teachings from a Mahamudra teacher and have done some Mahamudra practice prior to the Summer Institute, or
  • are formal student of Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and have done 1 of the 5 Progressive stages of Meditation on Emptiness, or
  • have attended at least 1 “Chinese-style” 7-10 day retreat, or
  • are a Nalandabodhi student who has completed the Nalandabodhi Mahamudra shamatha curriculum.

It is highly recommended that all Mahamudra Vipashyana-I students complete 100 hours of Mahamudra shamatha practice before the 2020 Summer Institute.

Mahamudra Vipashyana-II
Third-year students

You are eligible to take this course if you:

  • have completed both sessions of Mahamudra Vipashyana-I at a previous Summer Institute, or
  • have taken one session of Mahamudra Vipashyana-I at a previous Summer Institute and you finish the course by taking the Mahamudra Vipashyana-I pre-summer course (required). Click here for information about pre-summer courses. (Registration for pre-summer closes January 30, 2020), or
  • are a Nalandabodhi student who has completed the Mahamudra Vipashyana curriculum up to “Pointing Out the Nature of Mind on the basis of Appearances.”

It is highly recommended that all Mahamudra Vipashyana-I students complete 100 hours of Mahamudra shamatha practice before the 2020 Summer Institute.

Guhyagarbha:
Luminous Essence:
Tantra of the Secret Essence

If you have not taken this course in prior years, you must have completed ngöndro (preliminary practices) in order to attend. Applications for eligibility will open soon (required).

Students who have taken this course previously or who have completed ngöndro are also welcome to take the pre-summer online Guhyagarbha course, which offers talks from 2018 and 2019. Pre-summer courses begin on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Mahamudra Silent Retreat
with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen
Session 3 (July 30-August 8)

Students who attend sessions 1 and/or 2 are welcome to stay for this silent retreat, which is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice and study. Students may also join this Mahamudra Retreat without having attended either of the two previous 9-day Mahamudra programs if they have previous experience with Mahamudra meditation, such as having taken Mahamudra at a previous Summer Institute or having received practice instructions from a Mahamudra teacher. (No elegibility application required.)

Note: Registration for the 2020 Summer Institute will open March 1, 2020. 

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