BUD 630 Buddha Nature: Luminous Heart of the TathĀgata
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Self-paced Online Course
Originally Offered Spring 2012 in Boulder, CO
Intermediate Curriculum

This course is an overview of the Tathāgatagarbha, or Buddha Nature tradition, the view of the luminous essence of awakening, the heart of goodness shared by all beings. Our exploration will rely on the key section of Uttaratantra of Maitreya (ca. 4th century) which establishes Buddha nature through three reasonings, its ten facets, nine analogies and five reasons why it is necessary to teach it.

2 credits.

Course code: BUD 630

Prerequisite: BUD 620


Instructor: Jirka Hladiš

Meeting Times

At your convenience!

Class Topics

  • The element: three reasons the element is present in all sentient beings
  • Ten aspects of the element
  • Nine examples explaining why the defilements are to be purified though the essence is unchanging
  • Five reasons why it is necessary to explain the element

Required Texts

You are responsible for purchasing your course texts. For texts from Nitartha Institute Publications, please email Tashi at publications@nitarthainstitute.org and allow 3 weeks for delivery of texts in North America. For overseas shipping, please allow 2–3 weeks for airmail and 4–6 weeks for surface shipping.

OnLine Course

The class is part of our online campus and is available as streaming video, as well as downloadable audio.  There are also posted study questions, recommended readings, exam questions and the ability to contact a distance learning advisor with questions.

You will receive an email providing information about accessing the online course within a week of registering.


Online only



$192, plus a non-refundable $3 transaction fee

Additional Information

For questions about this course, contact Fitri Junoes, our Online Program Coordinator, at fjunoes@nitarthainstitute.org.


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