2020 FALL SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE September 28 – December 17, 2020


2020 FALL SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE September 28 – December 17, 2020

From 6.30pm until 7.45pm


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


FALL SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE - September 28 – December 17, 2020


Namgyal Zoom Classes:  Due to our continued commitment to maintain the health and safety of Namgyal Venerables, staff and students during the COVID pandemic, Namgyal will host all fall classes by Zoom. Audio recordings of the Zoom session for a class will be available for download the next day after class.  The cost for Zoom class access is $200.  To register for classes, contact office@namgyal.org.  Payments can be made by check or online through the Namgyal website.


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.


Financial Assistance:  In recognition that Buddhist teachings would be a beneficial support to many in dealing with the impacts of the COVID pandemic, but that many people are also now facing significant unexpected economic hardship at this time, Namgyal has received a donation to provide scholarships of up to 50% of tuition for a limited number of students who wish to take a class, but not able to pay the full amount.  To request a scholarship, please contact office@namgyal.org.  Also please contact our office, if you would like to make a donation to help support scholarships for additional students.


TOPIC: Buddhist Science and Philosophy:  Volume One-The Physical World: Parts 3 & 4

Instructor:  Geshe Lobsang Dhondrup - Translation by Palden Oshoe

Mondays:  6:30 Pm to 7:45pm  Sept: 28, Oct: 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec: 7, 14

Tuition: $200.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $100.00 installments)

For over 25 years, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama has engaged in annual Mind-Life Conferences with Western scientist from various disciplines to explore the commonalities and differences in Buddhist and Western views on the nature of reality and the mind.  One outcome of these discussions is that HHDL convened a group of renown Buddhist scholars (Geshes) to compile all the treatises from classical Indian Buddhists texts that provided discourses on Buddhist science and philosophy.  The first volume in this series provides a compilation and synthesis of teachings on the Indian Buddhist view of nature of the physical world.  In this class, Geshe-la will take students through Part 3: Subtle Particles and Part 4: Time.  This class provides a unique opportunity for students to gain understanding and have discussion about foundational concepts the classical Indian Buddhist views of the world.  Geshe Dhondrup is not only a highly trained Buddhist scholar, but also has attended several Mind-Life conferences with HHDL and so has developed understanding of views Western students bring to these topics as well.

Text: Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics Vol. 1:  The Physical World Conceived and Introduced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Edited by Thupten Jinpa



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

Instructor:  Geshe Lobsang Dhondrup -  Translation by Palden Oshoe

Tuesdays: 6:30pm to 7:45pm  Sept: 29, Oct: 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov:3, 10, 17, 24 Dec: 1, 8, 15

Tuition: $200.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $100.00 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 and going for refuge.  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 Vol. 1



TOPIC: Seven Point Mind Training:  Meditations for overcoming difficulties and creating lasting happiness.

Instructor:  Geshe Lobsang Dhondup -  Translation by Palden Oshoe

Wednesdays: 6:30pm to 7:45pm Sept: 30 Oct: 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov: 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec: 2, 9, 16

Tuition: $200.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $100.00 installments)


In the West, spiritual practitioners most often think of meditation in terms of mindfulness or silent meditation practices.  However, in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition meditation also involves the powerful technique training the mind through analysis, reflection and meditation to become more familiar with new and different thoughts, attitudes and ways of seeing one’s self and others that counteract mental afflictions and cultivate more a beneficial mind frame.  This change in mind set, in turn helps one to overcome negative habitual patterns as well as create more positive and constructive ones, thus leading to a more lasting, sustainable form of happiness.  Such techniques are essential during this time to help meet current challenges and build resilience to handle all the challenges that arise.  The Seven Point Mind Training presents a comprehensive set of reflective meditations designed to transform the mind in this way.  The teachings were originally taught by the Indian Nalanda Master Atisha in Tibet and compiled by his student Chekawa.   Geshe-la will provide extensive instruction on thise text and how to utlize these mind training meditations to transform one’s mind so one can overcome difficulties and create lasting happiness in one’s daily life.

Text:  Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun commentary by Nam-Kha Pel (Library of Tibetan Works and Archives)



TOPIC: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism:

Instructor:  Deana Bodnar

Thursdays:  6:30pm - 7:45pm  Oct: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov: 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec: 3, 10, 17

Tuition: $200.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $100.00 installments)


This course will provide an overview of key points and practices in Tibetan Buddhism.   Course topics will include: 1) history of Buddhism in general and Tibetan Buddhism in particular; 2) overview of fundamental teachings and practices such as the Four Noble Truths, refuge and bodhichitta; 3) overview teachings by various masters within Indian and Tibetan Buddhism and 4) overview of different types of meditation and mind training practices.  The goal of the course is to give students a basic framework for understanding different teachings and practices as well as how to integrate these into one’s daily life.  Each class will also provide time for questions and discussion about these topics as well time for meditation practice.

Recommended Reading: Path to Enlightenment by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalia Lama (Shambhala-Snow Lion Publications)

Deana Bodnar has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism at Namgyal Monastery for over 15 years.  She has previously taught classes on the Neurobiology of Meditation.



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