2014 FALL SEMESTER CLASS SCHEDULE

Date August 10, 2014 – August 17, 2014
Time 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location 412 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Open House to introduce the Fall Class Schedule:


Thursday – October 16th at 6:00 pm
Normally, classes at Namgyal run for twelve weeks with a two-week break in the middle. However, as the Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony ended in mid-September, the fall session will run for nine weeks starting October 20th and straight through without a break. The length of classes will be two hours so that students will receive the same amount of instructions as during a twelve-week session.

Full-Time Tuition: Full-time tuition for Monday through Thursday classes is $1,260, 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.

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

Instructor: Geshe Tsering Choepel translation by Palden Oshoe
Mondays 6:30-8:30 Date: October 20, 27 Nov: 3, 10, 17, 24 Dec: 1, 8, &15
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
LAM RIM (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) Part 1: Entering the Path (Small Scope)
Instructor: Venerable Tenzin Choegyal translation by Palden Oshoe
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 Date: October: 21, 28 Nov: 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec: 2, 9 & 16
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

BEGINNING COLLOQUIAL TIBETAN

Instructor: Palden Oshoe
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 Date: October: 22, 29 Nov: 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec: 3, 10 & 17
Tuition: $265.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $132.50 installments)
Study materials: Fluent Tibetan, Vol. I, Snow Lion Publications

This course is an introduction to the modern Tibetan language in both its spoken and written forms. Students will learn the Tibetan alphabet and basic grammar, and develop speaking and comprehension proficiency through extensive use of drill and conversational practices. Fluent Tibetan, Vol. I will be used as the main text for the course and will be supplemented with selected handouts from the instructor.

Eight Verses for Training the Mind
Instructor: Geshe Tsering Choepel translation by Palden Oshoe
Thursdays 6:30-8:30 Date: October: 23, 30 Nov: 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec: 4, 11 & 18
Tuition: $265.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $132.50 installments)

The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is considered a foundational text within Buddhist practice. This text provides practical instruction and guidance on how to practice both mind training in one’s daily interactions with others and in meditation in order to cultivate a transformation of mind. The Eight Verses for Training the Mind focuses on training the mind in holding positive views of others in our daily relationships even in the face of difficult circumstances and interactions, as for example when others insult or betray us. By training the mind to hold a different view of others in the face of challenging situations, one’s emotional reactions and behavioral responses in these situations will then also eventually change.

LANGUAGE OF TIBETAN BUDDHIST PRACTICE: Prayers for Meditation Practice
Instructor: Venerable Tenzin Chokrab with Palden Oshoe
Fridays 6:30-8:30 Date: October: 31 Nov: 7, 14, 28 Dec: 5 & 19
Tuition: $175.00 for semester (payable in full or in two $87.50 installments)

Venerable Chokrab along with Palden Oshoe will lead a class in teaching the translation and vocabulary for prayers recited at the beginning and end of meditation practice sessions at Namgyal. These prayers are recited to help set one’s motivation during meditation at the beginning and sharing the benefits of the meditation with other beings at the end. He will provide the Tibetan to English translation of words as well as discuss their meaning and significance Tibetan Buddhism. The class will also provide basic understanding of classical Tibetan grammar. Students will have the opportunity to practice their pronunciation and recitation of these prayers. This is an excellent opportunity for students who regularly come for meditation at Namgyal to learn the basic vocabulary and understand the meaning of the prayers. No previous knowledge of Tibetan or Buddhism is required.

Note: This class will not be held on Fridays when there is a weekend intensive (approximately once per month). Hence the tuition is reduced and not included in semester full tuition.
As there will be an intensive October 24-26, the first class will be Friday October 31st