Salem, Oregon

Jul 05, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019

We are delighted to share very exciting news about the Summer Institute 2019: the confirmed dates, the new location in beautiful Oregon & a new program combining Gomdra & Shedra!

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is scheduled to teach July 5–23, for all of 1st and 2nd 9-day programs, barring any unexpected changes in his schedule.

Rinpoche will continue to teach the two texts he started teaching in 2018: 
1) Bötrül’s masterful text Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies on Mipham Rinpoche’s presentation of the view of the Dzogchen vehicle by clarifying difficult points that include Madhyamaka tenets and
2) Mipham’s commentary on the Guhyagarbha Tantra Luminous Essencewhich is the main tantra of the Mahayoga class and the primary Tantric text studied in the Nyingma tradition as a key to understanding empowerment, samaya, mantras, mandalas and other Vajrayana topics.

We will have three 9-day-sessions and you can attend one, two or all three 9-day sessions:

Session 1: July 5 – July 13 with Rinpoche
Session 2: July 15 – July 23 with Rinpoche
Session 3: July 25 – August 2, 2019

Enjoy a new Location in beautiful Oregon!
We are very excited to announce that the Nitartha Summer Institute has found a new home for the summer: Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, about 1 hour south of Portland Oregon Airport and 3.5 hours (by car or train) south of Seattle.
It is a beautiful campus with nice dorm rooms – and good food! You can take a quick peek at the university campus here. More information will be available soon.

“Deepen Your Meditation, Enrich Your view”: A new unified program!
In 2019, study and meditation will be joined at the Summer Institute! All students will receive Mahamudra meditation instruction and a significant portion of each day will be devoted to practice; equally important, they will also attend one study class to deepen their understanding of the view.
Here are the main details at a glance:

Meditation
Mahamdura teachings and practice based on the 9th Karmapa’s precious text Ocean of Definitive Meaning will be offered on 2 Levels of practice.
Level 1, Mahamudra Shamatha, will be led by Scott Wellenbach and is open to all students.
Level 2, Mahamudra Vipashyana, will be led by Acharya Lama Tenpa and is open to all students who fulfill certain requirements (information coming soon).
Students have the opportunity to complete Mahamudra Shamatha in one summer and qualify for next summer’s Vipashyana teachings!

“In Mahamudra, we meditate on the nature of mind to attain the kind of realization that is genuine, immediate, and uncontaminated by conceptual understandings.” – Dakpo Tashi Namgyal

Study
The Study classes will take you on a journey to discover your mind in depth. You will encounter the very practical applications of the various Buddhist philosophies which can have a deep impact on your everyday life and will also help you clarify what you are working with in meditation.

Students who have not taken prior Nitartha Institute Shedra classes will begin with Mind and Its World and learn how our mind engages its world and how it functions.

Students who have attended Shedra classes in the past will be able to take more advanced Mahayana study classes.

For more information please contact Nitartha Institute at info@nitarthainstitute.org or call at 720-310-0422