This course is an in-depth study of the Dharmadharmatāvibhāga by Maitreya (ca. 4th century)—a short Yogācāra work of the pith instructions class—based on commentaries by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339) and Ju Mipham (1846–1912). We will study the distinction and correlation (vibhāga) between phenomena (dharma) and the nature of phenomena (dharmatā) and discover the key instructions on how to proceed in accessing this nature.  

Prerequisite: BUD 760



This course is an in-depth study of Madhyāntavibhāga by Maitreya (ca. 4th century) - a key work of Yogācāra Buddhist philosophy - based on the commentaries by Vasubandhu and Ju Mipham (1846–1912), which delineates the distinctions and relationship (vibhāga) between the middle view (madhya) and extremes (anta). We will systematically proceed through its five chapters: the Characteristics, the Obscurations, True Reality, the Path of Practice and the Unsurpassable Vehicle.

Madhyamaka I is the first in a series of Nitartha Institute's four advanced courses focusing on the principal Indian classic of the Madhyamaka, or Middle Way tradition, Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara along with the two Kagyu commentaries by the eighth and ninth Karmapas,   The Chariot of the Dakpo Kagyu Siddhas and Feast for the Fortunate.

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Mahamudra Enhancement Practices

This advanced course is a continuation of the systematic presentation of the epistemological tradition of pramana, or valid cognition drawn from Dignaga’s Commentary on Valid Cognition and Dharmakirti’s Seven Treaties on Valid Cognition as commented upon by 7th Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso (1454 - 1506) in his Ocean of Texts on Reasoning (rigs gzhung rgya mtsho).


This course is a continuation of the in-depth study of Pramānavārttika by Dharmakīrti (ca. 7th century) - the influential work of Buddhist Pramāna tradition - based on commentaries by the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyamtso (1454–1506) and Sakya Pandita (1182–1251).