Salem, Oregon

Jul 05, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019

We are delighted to share exciting news about Nitartha Summer Institute 2019, including a new location in beautiful Oregon & a new program combining Gomdra & Shedra!

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will teach July 5–23 for all of Nitartha’s first and second 9-day summer sessions, barring unexpected changes in his schedule.

Rinpoche will continue to teach the two texts he began teaching at Nitartha 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 Essence 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.

Three 9-day-sessions will be offered. You are welcome to 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!
Nitartha 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! 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!
At the 2019 Summer Institute, study and meditation will be joined. 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:

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, led by Scott Wellenbach
Level 2, Mahamudra Vipashyana,  led by Acharya Lama Tenpa

(certain prerequsites may apply)

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
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 or call at 720-310-0422