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FOUNDATION CURRICULUM TEXTS

Mind and Its World I Sourcebook, 304 pp

Mind and Its World I begins a detailed analysis of the subjective side of experience. It examines mind and how it perceives its world in valid and invalid ways based on the Classifications of Mind, which provides divisions and definitions of the types of mind identified in the epistemological tradition of Dignaga and Dharmakirti. The key point is the discernment of the aspects of mind that validly perceive things the way they are, which are distinguished from those aspects of mind that are mistaken and tainted by fundamental delusion, and thus keep one bound in samsara. It also introduces the two Hinayana philosophical systems, the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika schools, covering the two truths and the process of perception. Selected readings, analytical meditations, study questions, review summaries are included in the sourcebook.

Clear Thinking Workbook, 182 pp

Clear Thinking begins a detailed analysis of the objective side of experience, or phenomena. This analysis is based on Collected Topics, which presents the classifications and definitions of objects as presented in the abhidharma tradition of Vasubandhu. It also examines the four possible relationships between any two phenomena and introduces the Clear Thinking Dialog, an introductory debate practice based on Classifications of Reasons. Selected readings and classifications, definitions, and four relationship exercises are included in the workbook.

Mind and Its World II Sourcebook, 190 pp

Mind and Its World II examines the theme of karma. It begins the study of causes and conditions as presented in Collected Topics, the twelve nidanas, or chain of interdependent origination, and the distinction between primary minds and mental factors. It includes a detailed presentation of the mental factors from the Classifications of Mind. Selected readings, analytical meditations, study questions, and review summaries are included in the sourcebook.

Mind and Its World III Sourcebook, 222 pp

Mind and Its World III first concludes the investigation into causes and results as presented in Collected Topics. It then turns to the analysis of the ways in which mind cognizes phenomena, particularly the ways in which conceptuality functions, by investigating the modes of engagement from Classifications of Mind and the methods that lead to cognition from Collected Topics. Selected readings, analytical meditations, study questions, and review summaries are included in the sourcebook.

Mind and Its World IV Sourcebook, 278 pp

Mind and Its World IV examines the two Hinayana philosophical tenet systems: the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika schools. Specific topics include the definitions of the two schools, a discussion of their subschools, an in-depth examination of their presentations of the process of perception and objects of knowledge. Also included is a description of the paths and fruition. Selected readings, analytical meditations, study questions, and review summaries are included in the sourcebook.

Debate Workbook, 138 pp

This text is a draft edition. It includes a thorough presentation of three-part reasonings and the three modes and also examines the three types of reasons: reasons of self-nature, result reasons, and reasons of nonobservation. Debate worksheets for first and second mode challenges are included.

Classifications of Mind (Lorik) Root Text, 38 pp

A root text written by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. It presents the divisions and definitions of the types of mind identified in the epistemological tradition of Dignaga and Dharmakirti. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl.

Classifications of Reasons (Tarik) Root Text, 40 pp

A root text by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. It presents the divisions and definitions logic and what constitutes valid and invalid reasoning as presented in the tradition of Dignaga and Dharmakirti. Translated by Ari Goldfield.

Collected Topics (Düdra) Root Text, 38 pp

A root text compiled by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen. It presents the divisions and definitions of objects as presented in the abhidharma tradition of Vasubandhu. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl.

The Gateway That Reveals the Philosophical Systems to Fresh Minds Root Text, 32 pp

A root text written by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, and Acharya Kelsang Wangdi. It presents the divisions and definitions of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika philosophical systems. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl.

Mind and Its World Visual Curriculum CD

A draft presentation on compact disc of the Classifications of Mind and Collected Topics root texts in a graphic format. Includes both English and Tibetan versions of the texts and selected commentary by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen.

Classifications of Mind Flashcards

113 definition flashcards drawn from the Classfications of Mind root text. English, Tibetan, and Sanskrit translations included.

Collected Topics Flashcards

96 definition flashcards drawn from the Collected Topics root text. English, Tibetan, and Sanskrit translations included.

INTERMEDIATE CURRICULUM TEXTS

Mind Only Tenet System Sourcebook, 394 pp

This sourcebook offers a systematic presentation of the Mind Only (Chittamatra) tenet system, one of the principal Mahayana philosophical schools. The Mind Only school emphasizes the doctrine that the subjective and objective poles of perception are not different in substance, but mental in nature. Specific topics include discussions on perception, the fundamental notion of “mind only,” the three natures, self-awareness, and the all-base consciousness. Also included is a brief discussion of the paths and the fruition. Selected readings, analytical meditations, study questions, and review charts are included in the sourcebook. Includes root text written by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen.

Mind Only Tenet System Root Text, 32 pp

Root text written by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen. It presents the divisions and definitions of the Mind Only philosophical system. Translated by Kimberly Colwell and Marcus Perman.

Commentary on The Presentation of Bhumis, Paths & Results in the Treasury of Knowledge

by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 145 pp

A detailed look at the stages of the path of the bodhisattva as presented in Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye’s Treasury of Knowledge, which in turn is based on the fundamental root text for the stages of the path, Maitreya’s Ornament of Clear Realization (Abhisamayalamkara). Key topics include a thorough description of the five paths of accumulation, junction, seeing, meditation, and no-more-learning; distinguishing the Mahayana understanding of these paths from the Hinayana; a presentation of the ten bhumis (grounds); and a discussion of the prajna (insight) that arises on the paths.

Presentation of the Bhumis. Paths & Results in the Causal Yana of Characteristics Root Text

Root text written by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl, 104 pp

Commentary on the Fourth Vajra Point in the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra

by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 217 pp

A systematic presentation of the teachings of buddha nature tradition based on the fourth vajra point of Maitreya’s Uttaratantra and its commentary by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye. Key topics include the three reasonings demonstrating the universality of buddha nature, its ten aspects, such as its nature, effect, and phases, and its evocation through nine descriptive analogies. Includes root text by Maitreya and commentary by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye, translated by Rosemarie Fuchs.

Commentary on The Presentation of Madhyamaka in the Treasury of Knowledge

by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 287 pp

A presentation of the philosophical tenets of the Madhyamaka tradition of the Mahayana. Based on sections of Jamgön Kongtrul’s Lodrö Thaye’s Treasury of Knowledge, this text focuses on the Madhyamaka presentation of the two truths, the views of the subschools of the tradition (Prasangika and Svatantrika), and the fundamental understanding of emptiness. Includes root text and commentary by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye, translated by Karl Brunnhölzl.

ADVANCED CURRICULUM TEXTS

Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara)

by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

This series explicates one of the principal Indian classics of the Madhyamaka tradition, Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakavatara (Entrance to the Middle Way), along with the Kagyü commentary by the eighth Karmapa, The Chariot of the Dakpo Kagyüs. These transcripts cover the Madhyamakavatara’s eleven chapters, which correlate with the ten bhumis (grounds) and the ten paramitas (perfections), plus the ultimate bhumi of buddhahood. The focus is particularly on the sixth chapter of the Madhyamakavatara, which discusses prajna (transcendental knowledge) and its realization of emptiness. Main topics include the selflessness of phenomena and the individual, and the impossibility of finding a self anywhere with the range of phenomenal experience. Includes root text by Chandrakirti and commentary by Mikyö Dorje, translated by Elizabeth M. Callahan.

  • Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way, Chapters One-Five, 143 pp
  • Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way, Chapter Six, Part I, 220 pp
  • Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way, Chapter Six, Part 2, 318 pp
  • Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way, Chapters Seven-Eleven, 123 pp

Commentary on the Feast for the Fortunate (Commentary on the Entrance to the Middle Way)

by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche & Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

The commentary, Feast for the Fortunate, is the ninth Karmapa’s abridgement of the eighth Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje’s masterpiece, the Chariot of the Takpo Kagyü Siddhas. In it readers will find previously unavailable material on the Karmapa’s Middle Way view and a rare window into a philosophically charged era of Middle Way exposition in Tibetan Buddhism. Wangchuk Dorje’s comprehensive commentary on the Indian master Chandrakirti’s seminal text, the Madhyamakavatara, is marked by eloquent poetry, vigorous and extensive analysis, and heart instructions on breaking through the veils of confusion to independently experience the true nature of things. Includes root text and commentary by the ninth Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, translated by Tyler Dewar.

  • Commentary on the Feast for the Fortunate, Grounds One to Five by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 114 pp
  • Commentary on the Feast for the Fortunate by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche & Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen on Ground Six, 258 pp

Commentary on the Ornament of Clear Realization (Abhisamayalamkara)

by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche & Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

This series presents Maitreya’s Ornament of Clear Realization based on the commentary by the eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje, Relief of the Noble Ones. Maitreya’s work is the central Mahayana text on the stages of the path and their fruition, for both the Hinayana and Mahayana. It is traditionally summarized in seventy points, or more generally in eight chapters. Whereas the Madhyamaka literature presents the explicit meaning of the Prajnaparamita Sutras, the subject matter of the Abhisamayalamkara is the hidden or implied meaning: the various stages of bodhisattvas, shravakas, and pratyekabuddhas on the path of the meditation on emptiness, from the stage of beginner up through buddhahood. Includes root text by Maitreya and commentary by Mikyö Dorje, translated by Karl Brunnhölzl.

  • Commentary on the Ornament of Clear Realization on the Introduction by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 110 pp
  • Commentary on the Ornament of Clear Realization on Topic One by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 218 pp
  • Commentary on the Ornament of Clear Realization on Topics Two & Three by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 202 pp
  • Commentary on the Ornament of Clear Realization on Topic Four by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 136 pp
  • Commentary on the Ornament of Clear Realization on Topics Five-Eight by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 156 pp

Commentary on The Profound Inner Reality (restricted to Vajrayana sadhakas)

by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Rangjung Dorje’s root verses and Jamgön Kongtrul’s commentary to the Profound Inner Reality introduces students to the theory behind the yogic practices of the highest yoga tantra (anuttara-yoga-tantra) of the Vajrayana. Its chapters specifically include discussions of the details of nadi, prana, and bindu, the inner psycho-physical body; the development of samsara; and the paths and stages. Includes root text by Rangjung Dorje and commentary by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye, translated by Elizabeth M. Callahan.

  • Commentary on the Profound Inner Reality on the Introduction & Chapter One by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 300 pp
  • Commentary on the Profound Inner Reality on Chapter Six by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 117 pp
  • Commentary on the Profound Inner Reality on Chapters Three-Five by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, (8 color pages with illustrations), 98 pp

The Lamp That Excellently Elucidates the System of the Proponents of Shentong Madhyamaka

By the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje, translated by Karl Brunnhölzl, 51 pp

In large parts, the Eighth Karmapa’s Lamp represents a discussion of the seven vajra points (buddha, dharma, sangha, dhatu, enlightenment, its qualities, and its activity) of the Uttaratantra. Its structure follows the first chapter of the Uttaratantra and its commentary by Asanga, Ratnagotravibhagavyakhya, which discusses the first four vajra points in detail. In addition, the Lamp contrasts this discussion with the limited views on emptiness of those who do not understand Asanga’s "Great Madhyamaka."

OTHER NITARTHA INSTITUTE TRANSCRIPTS & TRANSLATIONS

Analytical Meditation

2000-2001 talks by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 66 pp

Mind-Only Tenet System (Chittamatra)

2002 Commentary by Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen, 146 pp 2007 Commentary by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 178 pp

Collected Topics (Düdra)

1999-2000 Commentary by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 374

Classifications of Mind (Lorik)

1996 Commentary by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 310 pp 1997 Commentary by Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen, 207 pp

A Critical Analysis of the Classifications of Mind (Lorik Thajö)

2001 Commentary by Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen, 129 pp

Classifications of Reasons (Tarik)

1997 Commentary by Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen, 120 pp

Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra

1999 Commentary on Vajra Points 1-3 and 5-7 by Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, 102 pp

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