This course is a systematic training in the meditation of special insight in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Having first established a ground of calm abiding, we will engage in analytical vipaśyanā or insight meditation into how our use of conceptuality contributes to the creation of karma and kleśa, and how to reverse that process by contemplating identitylessness, emptiness. The course will cover Part I on the Common Samadhis, from Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā.

Prerequisites: BUD 501 and BUD 502

Required Text:

    • Moonbeams of Mahāmudrāby Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (Author), Elizabeth Callahan (Translator)Snow Lion Publications, 2019 ISBN-10 : 1559394803.

This course is an extensive exposition of the Sautrāntika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. This school is renowned for classifying all knowable objects into specifically and generally characterized phenomena, based on our experience. The path and result presentation here is generally shared with the Vaibhāṣika tradition.

Prerequisites: BUD 501, BUD 502 (BUD 510, BUD 520 are recommended)

Required texts:

    • Root text: The Gateway That Reveals The Philosophical Systems To Fresh Minds: An Exposition that Reveals the Presentation of the Philosophical Systems of our own Buddhist Faction in a Slightly Elaborate Way, by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Acharya Kelsang Wangdi. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl and Phil Stanley, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019 edition
    • Mind & Its World 4 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2020 edition

This course offers a methodical training in elementary debate skills on the basis of the Clear Thinking class. We will formulate reasonings with correct and seeming reasons and utilize those in a debate by learning how to challenge the first mode of a reasoning. Regarding the content, we will debate the classification of objects in terms of entity from Collected Topics that was taught in the Clear Thinking course.

Prerequisites: BUD 502

Required Text: No required texts

This course has two-fold purpose: It presents a detailed treatment of knowable objects in the form of definitions, examples, equivalents and classifications drawn from Collected Topics, the introductory textbook of Buddhist phenomenology or Abhidharma; secondly this material is used to teach methods for thinking clearly about the teachings using the debate typology of the four types of relationships there can be between any two phenomena. We will train in elementary debate skills in a relaxed environment, such as asking for definitions, equivalents and classifications. This course will be required in order to take the next course, Debate 1, which will be offered during the 2021 spring semester.

Prerequisites: Taking BUD 501 (Mind and Its World 1) before this course is recommended. It can also be taken at the same time as a Self-Paced Online Course (SPOC).

Required texts:

    • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications
    • Clear Thinking Workbook (CT), Nitartha Institute Publications

This course is an extensive exposition of the ground of the Vaibhāṣika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. This school is valued for their presentation of a contemplative world-view of radical impermanence, without needing to postulate either a personal identity or any principle of divine creation.

Prerequisites: Taking BUD501 and BUD510 (Mind and Its World 1 and 2) before this course is recommended.

Required texts:

    • Root text: The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds (Truptha), by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Acharya Kelsang Wangdi, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019
    • Root text: Collected Topics (Düdra), by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nitartha Institute Publications 
    • Mind & Its World 3 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019

This course is an extensive exposition of the Sautrāntika philosophical tradition, based on the expanded version of The Gateway that Reveals the Philosophical Traditions to Fresh Minds root text. This school is renowned for classifying all knowable objects into specifically and generally characterized phenomena, based on our experience. The path and result presentation here is generally shared with the Vaibhāṣika tradition.

Prerequisites: BUD 501, BUD 502 (BUD 510, BUD 520 are recommended)

Required texts:

    • Root text: The Gateway That Reveals The Philosophical Systems To Fresh Minds: An Exposition that Reveals the Presentation of the Philosophical Systems of our own Buddhist Faction in a Slightly Elaborate Way, by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Acharya Kelsang Wangdi. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl and Phil Stanley, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2019 edition
    • Mind & Its World 4 Sourcebook, Nitartha Institute Publications, 2020 edition