Master of Divinity Concentrations

The Master's in Divinity program offers two concentrations: History of Religions Concentration, and Tibetan Tradition Concentration.

History of Religions Concentration combines experiential and traditional Buddhist perspectives with a Western-style History of Religions approach to the study of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, arranged according to the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma. In the fourth semester, the History of Religions concetration focuses on Vajranyana, through studying the lives of Tibetan Buddhist trantric masters and the forms Buddhism has taken in Tibet. This concentration has been developed over more than twenty-five years of teaching Buddhism to westerners at Naropa University.

Tibetan Tradition Concentration presents the systematic foundational courses of the traditional educational system of a Tibetan monastic college (shedra). These courses are based on the Western-style classes and materials developed at Nitartha Institute since 1995 when it was founded by The Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche. These courses present all Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma. (See for information on how the materials and teaching methods for these classes have been developed, as well as for information on the programs and publications of Nitartha Institute itself.) (Note: The MA in Religious Studies includes two of the eight History of Religions courses: The Three Jewels and The Second Turning of the Wheel of Dharma.)