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Weekend Intensives

In addition to the core curriculum of classes, Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies offers weekend intensive teachings on topics from both eastern and western traditions. The weekend intensives are geared to students of every level, often attempting to bring difficult topics into focus for the non-specialist. Teachers for the weekend intensives include the resident Namgyal faculty, as well as world-renowned Buddhist scholars and instructors from other related fields. The weekend teachings are excellent for those with busy schedules, those who are not able to attend our core classes, and those looking for specific areas of study ranging from introductory to advanced level topics.


Namgyal Abbot Thamthog Rinpoche


intensives_gesheDawala                                                                                                                            Geshe Dawa

GeshedDrakpa                                                                                                                        Geshe Dakpa Gelek



about_faculty_tnVen, Tenzin Choesang








A typical weekend begins with a Friday evening teaching that is free and open to the public. Saturday consists of a morning and afternoon teaching session, followed by a vegetarian dinner. The weekends conclude with a session on


Sunday morning. Occasionally, weekends will include an event on Saturday evening, such as a slideshow or video presentation.

Related Events
Weekend Retreat with the Khenpo Pema Wangdak for the Intensive Teachings and Practice Sessions on Lojong and Sojong)
Weekend Intensive Teaching with Geshe Tsering Chophel on ” Kalachakara Six Session Guru Yoga”
Weekend Intensive Teaching on: Understanding the Relationship between Compassion and Emptiness:Chandrakhirti’s Entry into the Middle Way
Weekend Intensive Teachings and Practice Sessions on Lojong and Sojong with Khanpo Pema Wangak.
Along The Ruby Road: The Buddha’s Path to Healing
Thirty-seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas
Understanding the Relationship between Compassion and Emptiness: Chandrakhirti’s Entry into the Middle Way
Sojong and Lojong
How to Change Your Mind: Emotional Transformation in Bodhicary?vat?ra III-VI
“Kamalashila’s Stages of Meditation”
Neurobiology of Meditation
Tibetan Healing Retreat: Introduction to Pulse and Urine Analysis
Along The Ruby Road: The Buddha’s Path to Healing
Overcoming the Fear of Death: The Bardo Journey and Rebirth:
Overcoming the Fear of Death: The Bardo Journey and Rebirth – Weekend Intensive Retreat:
The Wisdom of Manjushri: Teachings on Professing the Qualities of Manjushri: Weekend Intensive Retreat.
Developing Mental Stability: How to Control Your Monkey Mind
Dependent-Arising (Pratiya-Samutpada)
Tibetan Healing Retreat: The Secret Points
Green Tara: The Mirror of Our Mind
Heart Sutra Weekend Intensive Teaching
The cultivation of shamata:
Explorations into the Kalacakra Tantric Practices
Mind Like Space Exploring Awareness through the Practice of Meditation
Basic Goodness: The Art of Being Human

Among recent weekend intensive teachers, we have hosted Gelek Rinpoche, Bardo Tulku Rinpoche, Geshe Damdul NAmgyal, Lama Pema Wangdak, and the resident Namgyal monks. Topics covered by these teachers include commentary on texts by Shantideva and Nagarjuna as well as instruction on various meditation practices. We have also recently hosted several eminent western Tibetan scholars, including B. Alan Wallace, Vesna Wallace, Joe Loizzo and Anne Klein. The topics covered by these teachers have ranged from the teachings on shamata meditation to teaching on Kalachakra Tantra and Seven Comtemplations of Dzogchen practice.

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