2018 Spring Semester Classes Schedule:

Starts
Mar
122018
Ends
Jun
012018

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850

2018 SPRING SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE March 12-June 1, 2018

From 6.30pm until 7.45pm

At Namgyal Monastery - DKCL

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850

Cost : $265

Namgyal Office / office@namgyal.org OR Call: 607-279-8805

Full-Time Tuition: Full-time tuition for Monday through Thursday classes is $950, which includes access to all courses offered.  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-Stream Recordings:  All classes will be live-streamed and recorded.  Livestream video recordings can be viewed at any time that is convenient and the links to the recordings remain available for 2-3 months.  The cost for live-stream access is $200.  To register for live-stream recording email deana_bodnar@msn.com and send payment to Namgyal Monastery (contact office@namgyal.org for information on payment options).

 

Cultivating Meditative Serenity

Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) Part 4.1

Instructor:  Ven, Tenzin Gyechey translation by Palden Oshoe

Mondays 6:30-7:45

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

 

The cultivation of a stable mind through meditative concentration is essential to overcoming mental afflictions and developing compassion.  Chapter 8 from the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life to provides teachings for developing meditative concentration, cultivating compassion, and equalizing and exchanging self and other.  In this class, Geshe-la will use this text to provide instruction on these different forms of meditation and their application in one’s daily life. Student will have an opportunity to practice during the class.  This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to learn meditation practices and/or deepen their current practice.

 

Text: Lama Tsongkhapa’s the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment Vol. 3

 

Cultivating Special Insight

Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) Part 4.2

Instructor:  Geshe Lobsang Jhagmey translation by Palden Oshoe

Tuesdays 6:30-7:45

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

 

In Tibetan Buddhism, the views selflessness and emptiness are central to the philosophical underpinnings of various teachings and practices.  Hence, developing a correct understanding of emptiness is considered critical to both overcoming ignorance and transforming the mind.  The goal is for practitioners to develop a non-conceptual wisdom that directly cognizes emptiness.  However, to get there, one must first cultivate a conceptual understanding of emptiness in relation to both conventional and ultimate truths.  Part Four of the Lam Rim covers the final stage of the path, in which one develops deeper insight into the conventional and ultimate views of reality. In particular, one develops an understanding of the differences in the Madhyamaka Svantrika and Prasangika views, the lack of intrinsic nature of persons and phenomena and uniting calm abiding and special insigh. This class is an excellent complement to the philosophical tenets class on Madhyamaka, Prasangika.

 

Text: Lama Tsongkhapa’s the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment Vol. 3

 

 

Kindness, Clarity and Insight by His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama

 

Instructor:  Geshe Lobsang Jhagmey translation by Palden Oshoe

Wednesdays 6:30-7:45

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

This book by His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama was first published in 1981 and is considered one of his most widely read books on Tibetan Buddhism. This book provides teachings on a wide range of topics including: compassion, nature of mind and selflessness. The chapters are arranged in a developmental sequence that provides a strong foundation for anyone new to Tibetan Buddhism as well as a deeper understanding for more experienced students. Geshe-la will provide commentary on selected chapters from this book.

Text:  Kindness, Clarity and Insight by His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama

 

Neurobiology of Meditation and Mind-Training

Instructor:  Deana Bodnar, LMSW PhD

Thursdays 6:30-7:45

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

 

This course will provide students with a practical understanding of the neural circuits affected by meditation and mind-training practices as well as the changes that can occur in these circuits with consistent practice. We will first review the basic of neurobiology such as neuron function and coding, communication between neurons and the processes that underlie changes in neural connections.  Then we will examine the neural circuits involved in different types of meditation such as mindfulness, calm-abiding and compassion meditations and how these change with continued practice.  This will include discussing the scientific studies demonstrating these changes. We will then examine the neural circuits underlying various negative emotions and habitual patterns and how these can be altered through meditation and mind-raining practices.  All class sessions will include time to directly practice and experience the different types of meditation and mind-training practices discussed during each class.  No previous knowledge of neurobiology, meditation or Buddhism is required.

 

Recommended texts (not required):

 

The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Development of Well-Being (2007)

 by Daniel Seigel

The Monastery and the Microscope: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mind, Mindfulness, and the Nature of Reality (2017), Edited by Wendy Hasenkamp and Janna Whyte

 

 

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  1. Flora Urmeev - Reply

    Hello,

    My name is Flora Urmeev, I just talked with you on the phone. I live in the state of Indiana, in town West Lafayette.
    I am interested in the Summer Retreat program. Could you please send me the information about the program.

    Thank you very much for your consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Flora Urmeev

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