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March 06, 2017 - June 01, 2017
6.30 to 7.45PM
201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850
Pre-Registration is Required - for registration call : 607-279-8805 OR Email: office@namgyal.org


Class:  March 6th to  June 1st , 2017

Open House to introduce the Spring Class Schedule: Thursday – February 23rd – at 6:00 PM.


Full-Time Tuition: Full-time tuition for Monday through Thursday classes is $1,060, 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.


TOPIC:  Introduction to The Three Principle Aspects of the Path and The Four Immeasurables.

Instructor:  Sidney Piburn

Mondays 6:30-7:45 pm – Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, <Spring break> Apr. 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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


Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path is a summation of the essence of the Buddhist path. The three principal aspects are: the wish for freedom, the altruistic intention, and the wisdom realizing emptiness. The Four Immeasurables, is a rich suite of practices that open the heart and deepen our relationships with others. Generally, classes will consist of a short meditation followed by some explanation and group discussion. There will often be a closing meditation or exercise based upon the topic of the evening.

The Instructor, Sidney Piburn, has been involved with Tibetan Buddhism since 1974. He has studied with many eminent lamas throughout Asia and North America. He is a co-founder of both, Snow Lion Publications and Namgyal Monastery, Ithaca, and has lectured and taught widely at universities and Buddhist centers.

Recommended reading:  The Three Principal Aspects of the Path, oral teachings by Geshe Sonam Rinchen (root text by Tsongkhapa), and The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating a Boundless Heart by B. Alan Wallace. Both published by Snow Lion.

Also suggested: The Places That Scare You and Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron, as well as The Buddhism of Tibet, and Kindness, Clarity, and Insight by the Dalai Lama


TOPIC:  LAM RIM (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) Part 2: Individual Liberation  (Middle Scope)

Instructor:  Geshe Jamyang Nyima –  Translation by Palden Oshoe

Tuesdays 6:30-7.45 PM. Mar 7,14,21,28 April 4,11, Spring Break 25, May 2,9,16,23,30

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 Two covers the second stage of the path in which one realizes to end suffering one must gain complete liberation from cyclic existence (samsara). Topics covered include:  Nirvana/ Liberation, Four Noble Truths, the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, the six root and twenty close delusions, and six wrong views.


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


TOPIC:   A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life:

Chapter One-The Benefits of the Spirit of Awakening  (Bodhichitta)

Instructor:  Geshe Jamyang Nyima –  Translation by Palden Oshoe

Wednesdays 6:30-7.45PM. March 8,15,22,29 April 5,12, Spring Break 26, May 3,10,17,24,31

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


A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Shantideva is one the fundamental texts in the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. The first chapter of this text describes the benefits of developing the spirit of awakening, bodhichitta, the altruistic intention to attain enlightenment for the welfare of all beings.  The cultivation of bodhichitta is an essential practice in the Mahayana Path.  The development of this spirit of awakening, itself, then serves as the primary motivating force that supports one in continuing to engage in all the studies and practices that are part of the path to enlightenment.  In this course, Geshe-la will provide commentary on this text and instructions on meditations and practices used in cultivating bodhichitta.

Text: A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Shantideva

Translation by Vesna Wallace and B. Alan Wallace, Snow Lion Publications (now through Shambhala Publication)


 TOPIC:  Stages of Shamata (Calm Abiding) Meditation

Instructor:  Geshe Jamyang Nyima –  Translation by Palden Oshoe

Thursdays 6:30-7.45PM. March 9,16,23,30 April 6,13,Spring Break 27, May 4,11,18,25 June 1

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


Shamata (calm abiding) meditation is one of the key, foundational practices in Buddhism. Through this practice one develops clear, single-pointed meditative concentration that is not disturbed by either excitation or dullness.  Hence, the cultivation of calm abiding enables practitioners to develop a mind that can be both deeply focused and peaceful.  With such a balanced mind, one is then able to more easily integrate other practices such as patience and compassion into one’s daily life.  In addition, the ability to more deeply focus one’s mind on a particular image or mental object, then becomes the foundation for other meditative practices such as meditation on emptiness and deity yoga.  In this course, Geshe-la will provide instruction on shamata practice and explain the stages of experience one has with the development of calm abiding.  He will also describe the obstacles often encountered in developing calm abiding as well as the antidotes for overcoming these obstacles.  This course is recommended for both beginner and advanced students.

Recommended Reading:  Stages of Meditation, by the Dalai Lama (root text by Kamsalashila), Snow Lion Publications (now through Shambhala Publications)


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