2021 FALL SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE September 27 – December 16, 2021

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2021 FALL SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE September 27 – December 16, 2021

From 6.30pm until 7.45pm



Namgyal Monastery office / 6072798805


Date: September 27 – December 16, 2021

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. www.namgyal.org

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 Two-The Mind: Parts 1 & 2

Instructor:  Geshe Lobsang Dhondrup translation by Palden Oshoe

Mondays 6:30-7:45 September 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec 6, 13, 2021

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 second volume in this series provides a compilation and synthesis of teachings on the Indian Buddhist view of nature of the mind.  In this class, Geshe-la will take students through Part 1: Mind and Part 2: Mental Factors.  This class provides a unique opportunity for students to gain understanding and have discussion about foundational concepts the classical Indian Buddhist views of mind.  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. 2:  The Mind

Conceived and Introduced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Edited by Thupten Jinpa


TOPCI: Cultivating Bodhichitta and Practicing the Six Perfections (Far-Reaching Attitudes)

Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) Part 3

Instructor:  Geshe Lobsang Dhondup translation by Palden Oshoe

Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 September 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec 7, 14, 2021

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


Bodhichitta is the altruistic intention to attain Buddhahood for the benefits of all sentient beings. Cultivating this aspiration is considered essential for entering the Mahayana Path and achieving Buddhahood.  The practical application of bodhichitta in one’s daily life involves the practice of the six perfections: generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyful effort, meditation and wisdom.  These are sometimes referred to as the six far-reaching attitudes as they are to be extended all beings regardless of our relationship with them.  This class will provide instruction on the cultivation of bodhichitta and the practice of the six perfections as taught in the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim).   

Text: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment Vol. 2 by Lama Tsongkhapa


TOPIC: Key to the Middle Way

Instructor:  Geshe Lobsang Dhondup translation by Palden Oshoe

Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 September 29 Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 2021

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

The wisdom that realizes the ultimate reality of phenomena is the key to uprooting our fundamental ignorance that gives rise to our afflictive emotions.  Cultivating this wisdom requires developing an understanding of emptiness which a profound concept within Buddhist Philosophy.  This class will review and discuss a brief insightful text on the subject of emptiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  This text was written specifically to explain this important subject to a western audience.

Text: Key to the Middle Way by His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV  

This text is contained within the book The Buddhism of Tibet


TOPIC: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Instructor:  Deana Bodnar

Thursdays 6:30-7:45 September 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec 2, 9, 16, 2021

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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