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FALL SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE September 24th – December 13th, 2018

From 6.30pm until 7.45pm

At Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850


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.


Live Steam: This fall we will live-stream Sahantideva’s - A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life) class only. A link for the class live stream will be emailed to registered students ~15 minutes before the start of each class. Students can text or email questions during the class. The live-streams will be available to view for 30 days after the teaching. Hence, students can view a class at another time if they are unable to watch during the normal class hours. This makes the live streams of classes accessible for persons living in a different time zone and/or who have a schedule conflict and are unable to watch the live-stream on the night of the teaching. The cost to receive live-streams of a class is $200. To register for a class live stream please email Deana Bodnar at deana_bodnar@msn.com. Payment should be made directly to Namgyal Monastery. For questions regarding payment options please contact Ngawang at office@namgyal.org.


Sahantideva’s (A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life)

Meets: Mondays: 6.30pm to 7.45pm pm Instructor:

Venerable Tenzin Gechey – Translation by: Palden Oshoe

Prerequisites: None - This course is very suitable for both beginning and advanced students Suggested reading: 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)

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


Chapter One-The Benefits of the Spirit of Awakening (Bodhichitta) 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, Ven, Tenzin Gechey will provide commentary on this text and instructions on meditations and practices used in cultivating bodhichitta.



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

Instructor: Venerable Lobsang Choephel - Translation by Palden Oshoe


Meets: Tuesdays 6:30pm -7:45pm

Prerequisites: None - This course is very suitable for both beginning and advanced students

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: Sidney Piburn

Meets: Wednesday 6:30pm - 7:45pm

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


This course will present the key points in Tibetan Buddhist thought, practice, and culture with special emphasis on their relevance to our lives as contemporary Westerners. The course is structured to cover a great deal of material in a relaxed and informal manner. The course will include presentations, short meditation practices, short lectures and much informal discussion. The material will be tailored to the needs of the particular students attending the class. Handouts will be provided. The instructor will rely primarily on the works of H.H. the Dalai Lama as well as other teachers such as Pema Chodron. Comparisons and contrasts will be made to ideas found in Western psychology and other spiritual traditions, ancient and contemporary. This course is offered regularly however each time it is presented in a slightly different way. It is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced or repeat students. This course should provide a good foundation for being able follow more technical and specialized teachings and use of terminology.

The instructor was a co-founder of Snow Lion Publications and of Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca. He has spent extensive time studying with a variety of teachers in the U.S. and Asia.



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

Instructor: Ven, Tenzin Gyechey - Translation by Palden Oshoe

Meets: Thursdays 6:30-7:45

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


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