Nitartha Institute’s Religious Studies Tibetan Tradition sequence of eight courses provides students with a strong, systematic foundation in the study of Buddhism based on the curriculum of a Tibetan monastic college (shedra). Naropa has adapted this material for Western students, drawing from the translations, transcripts and curriculum of Nitartha Institute, which was created to transmit the textual and oral educational traditions of Tibet to the West. Nitartha Institute was founded in 1996 by The Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche, a senior tulku of both the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also a Naropa faculty member, teaching for a month each spring semester.
The Tibetan Tradition sequence also includes participation in one of Nitartha Institute's monthlong summer programs in which students have direct contact with Tibetan masters personally passing on the oral tradition.
While at Nitartha, in addition to the classes and discussion groups, students will also engage in daily analytical meditation and be introduced to Tibetan-style debate in English. See www.nitarthainstitute.org 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.