Current Study Courses

Nalandabodhi Study Path

Nalandabodhi, under the guidance of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, has introduced a comprehensive, three-year course of study, that presents the complete journey of the three-yana path. The curriculum is based on a series of sourcebooks complied from the teachings of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenchen (Khenpo) Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Each course is comprised of readings derived from their teachings on selected topics. These readings have been chosen according to the structure developed by the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. It is based on the traditional structure of Buddhist educational topics in the curriculum of the shedra, the Tibetan monastic college.

The Nalandabodhi Study Curriculum has been designed by Ponlop Rinpoche in order to:

1. meet the needs of a variety of students who seek comprehensiveness and clarity in their studies, and

2. assist in the accurate and genuine transplantation of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineage traditions to the West.

Study Class at Maitrivana
Photo by Jan Marie Martell

The goal of the curriculum is not only to learn a subject. It is also to develop skills in analytic reasoning, a component of analytic meditation. As Rinpoche has stressed on many occasions, analytic meditation is part of our practice and is an integral part of all Buddhist meditation. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the reasoning component of analytic meditation.

If you are interested in beginning the Nalandabodhi study program, or for more information on the study curriculum, please contact us at:



The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is the founder and president of Nalandabodhi, a non-profit, religious organization dedicated to bringing the genuine Buddhist teachings to the Western world. Rinpoche is a prominent lineage holder of both the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered to be one of the foremost scholars of his generation of Tibetan teachers, Ponlop Rinpoche combines scholarly acumen with a deep mastery of the Buddhist meditative practices. Ponlop Rinpoche is known for his engaging teaching style and his mastery of the English language.

Rinpoche is also a prolific author. His teachings have been widely published in Bodhi Magazine and other venues. Rinpoche's newest book, Rebel Buddha: on the road to freedom (Snow Lion Publications), was released Fall 2010. Other books include: Mind Beyond Death (Snow Lion Publications, 2007), Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra (Snow Lion Publications, 2006) and Wild Awakening (Shambhala Publications, 2003). Rinpoche has dedicated himself to the preservation of traditional Buddhist traditions in the East, and to supporting a genuine transmission of Buddhism to the West.


Hinayana Series: The Path Of The Noble Ones

@ Maitrivana, the Garden of Loving Kindness

The Hinayana study group begins this fall with "The Path of the Noble Ones: The Hinayana View (HIN 201)."

In Nalandabodhi's Path of Study, the Hinayana teachings connect you to the fundamental instructions of the Buddha. This course introduces Hinayana as the indispensable foundation of the three-yana system of Buddhist study (Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana) and offers a detailed examination of the building blocks of the Buddhist science of mind.


PREREQUISITE: Nalandabodhi's Introduction to Buddhism courses.
DATES: Every second Wednesday evening, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10 (confirm dates on calendar).
TIME: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
TUITION: $50 (waived for students repeating a course, no one turned away for lack of funds, please ask)
INFORMATION: Please contact

Mahayana Study Group

@ Maitrivana, the Garden of Loving Kindness

The Mahayana study group resumes this fall with "Kindling the Spark of Awakening (MAH 302)"

Mahayana teachings look at the possibility of generating limitless compassion and the unbounded intention to benefit all sentient beings, known as bodhichitta. This course includes teachings on generating bodhicitta, lojong mind training, including the famous Seven Points of Mind Training, and tonglen (taking and sending) practices.

Please note: This Mahayana course contains many new teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Thus, any Nalandabodhi student who has studied the previous Mahayana Series is strongly encouraged to take this class!


DATES: Every second Saturday morning, beginning Jan. 6 (confirm dates on calendar)
TIME: 9:30 am to 11:30 pm (tea & talk for last half hour)
PREREQUISITES: NB Introduction to Buddhism; Hinayana; MAH 301 courses.
TUITION: $50 (waived for students repeating a course, no one turned away for lack of funds, please ask)
TEXT: $20 (to cover printing costs)
REGISTRATION: In first class (see note about prerequistes)
INFORMATION: For more information, please email:


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