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2019 SPRING SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE - February 11-May 10, 2019

From 6.30pm until 7.45pm

At Namgyal Monastery

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850


Namgyal Monastery office / office@namgyal.org or Call: 607-279-8805


February 11-May 10, 2019

Week Break:  March 25-March 31


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:  Two classes will be live-streamed and recorded this session:  Thirty-seven practices of the Bodhisattvas (Tuesdays) and Neurobiology of the Six Perfections (Thursdays).  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).


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

Instructor:  Ven, Lobsang Choephel -Translation by Palden Oshoe

Mondays 6:30-7:45

Date: Feb: 11, 18, 25 March: 4, 11, 18, April: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May 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 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.



Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas

Instructor:  Ven, Tenzin Gechey -Translation by Palden Oshoe

Tuesdays:  6:30-7:45

Date: Feb: 12, 19, 26, March: 5, 12, 19, April: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7

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


The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattva, written by Gyelsay Togmay Sangpo (1295-1369) is a classic Tibetan Buddhist mind training text that examines the path of the Bodhisattva. While recognizing their true potential and letting go of everything that could hinder them on their spiritual journey, Bodhisattvas entrust themselves to the path taught by the Buddha. By resisting disturbing emotions, the Bodhisattva learns to respond to difficult situations in more constructive ways. By fully understanding the nature of reality and the illusion-like nature of pleasure and pain, they overcome clinging attachment and aversion. In this way, Bodhisattvas come to cherish living beings as the source of all happiness and are therefore ultimately able to work solely for the good of all beings.



Instructor:  Ven, Tenzin Gechey - Translation by Palden Oshoe

Wednesdays:  6:30-7:45

Date: Feb: 13, 20, 27, March: 6, 13, 20, April: 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8.

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 examines differences in Non-Buddhist and Buddhist views of self and on the tenets of the early Buddhist philosophical schools of the Mind Only School.


Text:  Cutting Through Appearances by Great Jangya Rolbay Dorjay

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



Neurobiology of the Six Perfections

Instructor:  Deana Bodnar, LMSW PhD

Thursdays 6:30-7:45

Date: Feb: 14, 21, 28, March: 7, 14, 21, April: 4, 11, 18, 25, May: 2, 9.

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


During the past two decades, the field of neuroscience has made amazing progress in being able to identify specific brain circuits associated with different types of behaviors and mental states.  In this course, we will explore the neural circuits associated with behaviors related to a set of Buddhist practices known as the Six Perfections. The Six Perfections (generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyful effort, concentration and wisdom) represent the practical application of Buddhist principles in one’s life and their practice are considered essential to progressing on the Buddhist path.  We will first review the basics 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 behaviors associated with each of the six perfections and how these circuits change with increasing one’s practice of various aspects of these behaviors.    No previous knowledge of neurobiology, meditation or Buddhism is required.


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