Path of Study: List of Courses

There are four levels of courses in the Nalandabodhi Path of Study.

1. Introduction to Buddhism

The introductory courses in the Nalandabodhi Path of Study explore the basic principles necessary for understanding the different schools of Buddhism, and lay the foundation for the advanced courses. Each of these courses consists of four or five classes. +more

2. Hinayana Courses

Buddhism is not religion in the usual sense of the word. It is a method of investigation that allows you to work skillfully with the positive potentials and negative energies of your own mind. The teachings of the Hinayana represent the most fundamental instructions of the Buddha, which are central to everything that follows. Hinayana studies, therefore, are basic to any training in Buddhism. +more

3. Mahayana Courses

In the Nalandabodhi Path of Study, your studies of selflessness in the Hinayana are the jumping off point for understanding Mahayana selflessness, which broadens the notion beyond personal selflessness into the vastness of mahashunyata, or the “great emptiness.” The Mahayana Courses begin with an introductory course called “The Heart of Daring.” In the Mahayana teachings we look at the possibility of generating limitless compassion, the unbounded intention to help all sentient beings, known in Sanskrit as bodhichitta. +more

4. Vajrayana Courses

Vajrayana Buddhism is the innermost essence of the Mahayana teachings of the Buddha. In order to have a proper understanding and realization in Vajrayana practice, you need to rely on the genuine knowledge and wisdom of the view, meditation, and conduct of the three yanas. The Vajrayana courses in the Nalandabodhi Path of Study focus on the view of Vajrayana, introducing you to the different levels of the Vajrayana path as well as Mahamudra and Dzogchen. For the actual practice of the Vajrayana, it is necessary to study with your own Vajrayana master. +more

“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