Current Study Courses

The first Mahayana class continues Sat., Apr. 8 & Apr. 22 (9:30 am to 11 am).

See our Calendar for times.

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.