Nitartha Institute was founded in 1996 by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche so that Western students could explore the core teachings of Buddhism and the main commentaries of the Tibetan masters of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages.
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We have great offerings this summer. The first session of Mahamudra is almost full, but there is still room in the second and third sessions. Please visit our website Summer Institute section to read course descriptions in general and specifically about our new Language and Art track offerings. If you want to come this summer but are unsure of what to register for, please contact Tim Walton.
We have some great new programs, events, people, and social networking opportunities to report.
Spotted at the Ngudrup Guest House breakfast counter in Boudnath, Nepal during the recent festivities surrounding Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso’s 80th birthday! More photos in our next installment....
Science of Language: Tibetan and Sanskrit. This summer you can now take a month-long immersive Tibetan course emphasizing colloquial Tibetan. If you have some experience with Tibetan you can take a two-week program emphasizing literary Tibetan. And if you would like to begin learning Sanskrit, you can sign up for one of our two-week courses by clicking here.
Science of Creativity: Art. Last summer Nitartha launched its Science of Creativity Track with great success. Due to demand, we are offering it again this summer and with Ponlop Rinpoche’s request we are also adding a new course on the eight great Bodhisattvas as depicted in Asian art. Part of the mission of Nitartha International, of which the Institute is an expression, is to preserve and offer Tibetan Buddhist educational systems for the benefit of modern minds. Due to this, the art track at Nitartha uses the frameworks of valid cognition and Karma Gadri style thangka painting to explore and express creativity. It offers both hands on and art study classes. If you would like to explore the Science of Creativity, you can sign up for one or more of our 9-day courses by clicking here. If you have any questions about the Science of Creativity track, email Stephanie email@example.com.
Mahamudra Intensives: By now most people have heard the great news that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will be offering Mahamudra Intensives for anyone at Nitartha this summer. The first two intensives are sequential, but those who can only come to session 2 will be able to make-up the teachings for session 1 before and during attendance of Session 2. Sessions 1 and 2 are being lead by both Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya-la. Session 3 will be led by Acharya-la only and is open to anyone who attends Session 1 and/or 2 and people already practicing Mahamudra under the guidance of a recognized lineage holder. Session 1 is almost full and Session 2 is filling fast. To sign up now, click here.
Petsam—what’s that? Petsam is an anglicized Tibetan term for a retreat that focusses on the critical review of texts. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will be joining Nitartha translators and senior faculty this summer for our first ever petsam. This seven-day event will take place before the Summer Institute and will focus on reviewing core texts used for Nitartha’s Foundation,Intermediate, and Advanced curriculums, which themselves are translated and derived from the traditional texts used in Kagyu and Nyingma shedras. For detailed information on curriculum, please click here. For more information on publications, please click here.
People: Our Newest Translator, Christopher Stagg
Better known as Chris Stagg, Nitartha’s newest translator debuted last summer translating for Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen’s course on the Madhyantavibhaga. He is currently expanding his translation skills through the study of Chinese, but will be joining us again this summer as a Nitartha translator. His first book will be available soon (stay tuned). It’s called “The Excellent Vase of Great Nectar: The Union of Pith Instructions and an Explanatory Commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva”, Root Text by Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme with commentary by Dzatrül Ngawang Tendzin Norbu, and was translated under the supervision of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
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