The Path of Study

“We’re cultivating our intelligence as opposed to expanding or upgrading its contents. It’s like brightening a room by putting a higher-watt lightbulb in a lamp. Suddenly we can see everything in the room much more clearly.” — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Nalandabodhi offers complete study and education programs on Buddhism.

The Nalandabodhi Path of Study courses make up one part of the three-part Nalandabodhi Path designed and supervised by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Taken together with the Path of Meditation and the Path of Mindful Activity, the Path of Study courses give you a thorough training in the philosophical and meditative disciplines of the Kagyu and Nyingma Buddhist traditions, as well as practical instruction for applying your studies and meditation experience to your daily life.

Join us on the Path of Study:

introwoodsIntroduction to Buddhism

Introduction to Buddhism: A 16-week cycle of teachings on introductory and foundational Buddhist topics. All are welcome! These classes may be attended as a course or on a drop-in basis. The courses are free; donations are accepted.  More details . . .

Hinayana Series

Hinayana Series—The Path of The Noble Ones: Hinayana studies are the foundation for Buddhist learning. The Four Marks of Existence – impermanence, suffering, defilement, and agelessness, distinguish Buddhism from other religions. The Four Noble Truths explain suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path that leads to that cessation. In Hinayana, we also find a detailed analysis of ourselves, as individuals, and of the world in which we live. Furthermore, Hinayana teachings include the study of Buddhist ethics and society, as well as serving as a bridge to the Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings.  More details . . .
Mahayana Classes Mahayana Classes: Join us to study the vast and profound path of the Great Vehicle. Engage in contemplation and discussion about compassion and the wisdom of interdependence and emptiness. All are welcome. More details . . .
Nitartha Institute Nitartha Institute: The Nalandabodhi Path of Study is supplemented by an advanced Buddhist studies program provided at Nitartha Institute, also under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Such a systematically organized curriculum of Buddhist studies, which leads students through a gradual path, is for the most part unavailable elsewhere.


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