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2016 Fall Semester Class Schedule

September 19, 2016 - December 08, 2016
6.30 to 7.45PM
201 Tibet Drive, Danby Road, Route 96B, Ithaca, NY 14850
For Registration call – 607-229-9641 or email- office@namgyal.org



           September 19th – December 8, 2016



Learn About the Classes That Will Be Offered This Fall – Wednesday: 14th September 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 PM


Full-Time Tuition: Full-time tuition for Monday through Thursday classes is $1060, which includes access to all courses offered, including Tibetan language instruction.  Full-time students are also granted access to two weekend intensives throughout the semester (excludes special programming).  Payment schedules can be arranged with the Administrator prior to the beginning of each session.

Senior Citizen Discount: A discount of 15% will be granted to seniors (age 65 or older), applicable to full-time tuition or tuition for individual classes.


PHILOSOPHICAL TENETS:  Introduction to Tenets and review of Non-Buddhist and Buddhist Philosophy, and Buddhist Philosophy of The Great Exposition and Sutra Schools

Instructor:  Geshe Jamyang Nyima translation by Palden Oshoe

Mondays 6:30-7:45

September: 19, 26, Oct 31, 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec 5.

Tuition: $265.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $132.50 installments)

In Buddhism, the cultivation of limitless wisdom is inextricably linked to the concept of selflessness.  The Buddhist philosophical tenets represent different views and interpretations of the meaning of selflessness.  Progression through the tenets takes one to more and more subtle understandings of selflessness.  Thus, for one to fully realize wisdom, one must develop an understanding of selflessness through listening to, contemplating and meditating on each of the tenet views.  This class will provide an overview of the tents systems then examine differences in Non-Buddhist and Buddhist views of self and on the tenets of the early Buddhist philosophical schools of the Great Exposition School and Sutra School.

Text:  Cutting Through Appearances by Great Jangya Rolbay Dorjay


LAM RIM (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) Part 1: Entering the Path  (Small Scope)

Instructor:  Geshe Jamyang Nymina translation by Palden Oshoe

Tuesdays 6:30-7:45

September: 20, 27 Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec 6.

Tuition: $265.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $132.50 installments)

The Lam Rim is a fundamental text in Tibetan Buddhism that details all the teachings and practices of the complete path for the attainment of enlightenment.  Part One covers the initial stage of the path when one first seeks relief from one’s own suffering and gain a higher rebirth (better life circumstances). Topics include:  relying on a teacher, the meditation session, contemplating this precious human life, reflecting on impermanence, going for refuge, karma and purifying negative karma.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of many of the fundamental concepts, teachings and practices in Tibetan Buddhism.

Text: Lama Tsongkhapa’s the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment




Instructor: Palden Oshoe

Wednesdays 6:30-7:45

Date: September: 21, 28 Oct: 5, 12, 19, 26   Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec: 7.

Study materials: Fluent Tibetan, Vol. I & II (Shambhala-Snow Lion Publications)

Tuition: $265.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $132.50 installments)

This course provides instruction on the modern Tibetan language in both its spoken and written forms.  Students will further develop their speaking and comprehension proficiency through extensive use of drill and conversational practices.  Fluent Tibetan, Vol. I will be used as the main text for the course and will be supplemented with selected handouts from the instructor.



Instructor:  Sidney Piburn

Thursdays 6:30-7:45

September: 22, 29 Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 10, 17, 24 Dec 1, 8.

Tuition: $265.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $132.50 installments)

This course presents the key points of Tibetan Buddhist thought, practice, and culture with a special emphasis on the integration of Buddhist methods into our lives as contemporary Westerners. The course is structured to cover a great deal of material; however, classes will be somewhat informal in nature, and will include lectures, presentations, and much informal discussion, along with occasional meditation practices and exercises. The material will be tailored to the needs of the students attending the class. A variety of handouts will be provided during the course to aid students.

Sidney Piburn is a co-founder Snow Lion Publications and Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies as well as being a founding member of The Dalai Lama Foundation. A long time student and practitioner, he has studied with many teachers in Asia and the United States, and completed numerous retreats. He has taught at a number of Buddhist centers, and lectured at various universities, museums and galleries in North America.

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