Inner Science of Mind

Discover different forms of mind training, meditation, contemplation, and other practices that evoke direct insight, or experiences that lead to awakening. This Field of Knowledge focuses on the view and practices taught by Buddha Shakyamuni. The Buddhist approach begins with questions, not answers.

Programs at Nalanda West offer many opportunities to learn from teachers of diverse Buddhist traditions about the nature of your mind and experience. Regular open house programs hosted by Nalandabodhi at Nalanda West, offer meditation and opportunities for discussion with the Nalandabodhi Mitras.

Nalandabodhi also hosts popular courses in the Three Paths of Study, Meditation, and Activity at Nalanda West, as well as weekly meditation programs. In-depth courses in this Field of Knowledge are taught at Nitartha Institute, founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Over 1000 years ago at the historic Nalanda University in Bihar, India, studies were organized according to the Five Sciences, or Five Fields of Knowledge.

Like Nalanda University, NalandaWest is committed to exploring these Five Fields, each one a different window through which we can contemplate our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with the world. Every program at NalandaWest is inspired by a passion for awakening mindfulness and awareness through the Five Fields of Knowledge.