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Nitartha Institute courses are modeled on the Tibetan shedra (monastic college/Buddhist Studies) and gomdra (meditation retreat) systems. In addition, Nitartha offers courses in the arts, healing, and language.

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Mahamudra Shamatha
Winter/Spring 2015 Online Course

This Spring 2015, Nitartha Institute will be offering a very rare opportunity to enroll in an online course which presents the precious teachings and pith practice instructions of Mahamudra Shamatha, as they are presented in the renowned text Mahamudra: The Ocean of Definitive Meaning, by the Ninth Gyalwang Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje.

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R.D. Salga at Nalanda West
November 7-8, 2015 in Seattle, WA

Thangka Painting in Tibetan Buddhism

Have you ever wondered about thangkas (Buddhist scroll paintings) and their symbolism? How are these incredibly colorful and intricate paintings made and for what reason? Find out from master thangka painter R.D. Salga.

  • Friday November 7, 7-8:30pm—Join us for an evening with renowned master thangka painter, R.D. Salga. Salga will talk about the role of thangkas (Tibetan scroll paintings) in Buddhism, their history, style, and symbolism.
  • Saturday November 8, 10am-Noon—R.D. Salga demonstrates the steps that go into creating a thangka painting, starting with the grid, to the drawing and layout, to inking and pigmenting, and all the way through to the final touches. Ask questions and hear commentary as each step is demonstrated.
  • Saturday November 8, 2-3:30pm—Panel discussion with R.D. Salga on the role and practice of Thangka painting in Vajrayana Buddhism followed by open discussion ad Q&A.
  • Saturday, November 8, 4-5:30pm—Reception with R.D. Salga and thangka viewing.

Suggested donation for each event is $10-$20 per person. All proceeds go to conserving and exhibiting thangkas in Nalanda West's collection.

For questions, please contact Lovorka Knezevic at lovoka@icloud.com

About R.D. Salga

A wealth of knowledge and one of the few remaining keepers of the ancient Karma Gardri style of thangka painting, R.D. Salga continues to create iconographically correct paintings for use by Tibetan Buddhists and collectors throughout the world. Apprenticed and trained rigorously from a young age, he now trains a handful of students in this form of ritual art. His works hang in a number of monasteries and private homes throughout the world, and he has exhibited several times in Europe.

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Mind and Its World I & Clear Thinking
January 7 - March 18, 2015 in Seattle, WA

BUD 501 Mind and Its World I: Valid Cognition & BUD 502 Clear Thinking will be offered as a combo course, onsite in Seattle, WA. This class will not be available online. For more information and to register, click here.

  • 11 Wednesdays, January 7 - March 18, 7pm-9pm
  • 4 Saturdays, January 10, 24, February 7, 21, 10am-12pm