Path of Liberation Program

Two-Year Buddhist Studies Program

Path of Liberation

A Two-Year Buddhist Studies Certificate Program

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining the upcoming Path of Liberation Program.

Starting in March 2017; with sixteen weekend workshops and one retreat. Weekend Workshops (held Saturdays, 10 AM to 4:45 PM; or Fridays, 7 to 9 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. A Buffet lunch is included on Saturday)

Dynamic and alive, the lineage of the Buddha’s teachings has the power to liberate us from suffering and pain. The Nyingma Institute is pleased to offer a two-year intensive program inspired by Tarthang Tulku that explores how this path of liberation is activated and applied.

We begin by focusing on embodiment: how ordinary human being can be transformed into awakened being. We then sequentially explore teachings of awakened speech, mind, and action, with each quarter deepening the understanding of the path and its practices. Quarterly courses are as follows:


Program Description:

The Path of Liberation Program is a training in Buddhist study and practice that is structured by the teachings of embodiment (kaya), awakened speech (vacca), awakened mind (citta), awakened qualities (guna), and awakened action (karma). Students will be introduced to the basic cognitive and experiential teachings of the Buddha. Texts are drawn primarily from the Mahayana tradition.

Objective: Upon completion, students will have a basic understanding of fundamental Buddhist teachings such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eight-fold Noble Path, Karma and Klesha, Interdependent Co-operation, and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. They will be familiar with Buddhist history and important works of literature. They will further understand the living spirit of Buddhist teaching and practice.

Length: Minimum 2 years; maximum 4 years. The 2017 program begins January 2017 – concludes December 2018.

Program Cost: $4,200. May be paid in quarterly ($525) or monthly ($175) installments.

Program Components: 10 classes (Classes meet twice a week: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:15–7:45 PM), 15 workshops, and 1 retreat.

Prerequisites: A background in meditation or Nyingma Psychology is recommended, but the only requirement is the wish to study the Buddhist teachings of enlightenment.

Program Instructors:

 Nyingma Institute Faculty:

Nyingma Institute Faculty have all demonstrated excellence in the subjects that they teach, and strive to apply Nyingma teachings in their own work and family lives. All faculty members are volunteers and hold office hours. We invite you to visit our "faculty" page for brief biographies and attend their “Sunday Talks” held every Sunday, 6–7 PM. Visit our “Sunday Program” page.

Awakening to the nature of existence means quite simply that now is the time to act. Now is the time to conceive the inconceivable: It is possible to become a Buddha. Acting on this realization involves taking the path of self-mastery, the way of the Bodhisattva....Tarthang Tulku, Path of Heroes


Partial list of the texts for the Path of Liberation Program

(Books are not included in the program cost.)

Ancient Tibet, Dharma Publishing

Buddha Nature, Snow Lion

Buddha’s Lions, Dharma Publishing

Crystal Mirror Series, Volumes 1–12, Dharma Publishing

Footsteps on the Diamond Path, Dharma Publishing

Gateway to Knowledge, Volume I & II, Ranjung Yeshe Pub.

The Marvelous Companion: Life Stories of the Buddha, Dharma

The Bodhicaryavatara, Shantideva, Oxford World’s Classics

Milking the Painted Cow, Tarthang Tulku, Dharma Publishing

Mind in Buddhist Psychology, Dharma Publishing

The Nectar of Manjushri’s Speech, Shambhala Publications

Path of Heroes (Volume 1 & 2), Dharma Publishing

Pranidhana Raja (Nyingma Institute translation)

Ways of Enlightenment, Dharma Publishing

The Great Gate, Rangjung Yeshe Publishing


What students say about the Nyingma Institute’s Path of Liberation Program:

I was initially unsure as to whether Tibetan Buddhism as taught in the Nyingma tradition would satisfy my thirst for a deeper understanding of the Dharma, but I took a leap of faith and enrolled in the Nyingma Institute’s two-year Path of Liberation program.

I soon discovered that this program was a balanced approach combining both an intellectual understanding of the Dharma as well as a heart-based approach that allowed me to connect with The Dharma on a deeper level. Through the program, I have learned to incorporate the Dharma into my daily life and have found that my daily suffering has much diminished and that I now see the world through much more compassionate eyes. Russ Blume, Program Graduate

This program is a rare gem. While the textual content of the classes addressed my hopes for a solid foundation for further study of the Dharma, Sylvia and Jack brought a depth of understanding that goes much farther than mere intellectual knowledge.

The meditations, mantras and visualizations practiced in the classes were essential to opening both my mind and my heart in ways that enabled the teachings to penetrate through some of my habitual ways of understanding and being in the world. I recommend this program to anyone who wishes to truly taste the nectar of the Buddha’s teachings. Lynn Petrie, Program Graduate


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