JOURNEY ON THE GRADUAL PATH TO AWAKENING
Heal, Awaken, and Create a More Contemplative Society Together
Join us at anytime from anywhere for our online Contemplative Studies Program integrating the ancient wisdom and meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhism with contemporary perspectives from neuroscience, trauma research and psychotherapy. Commit to entire course bundles or just one at a time. Enjoy high-quality video and downloadable audio formats along with syllabus, readings, guided meditations, study guides and other resources for an optimal learning experience.
The Contemplative Studies Program (CSP) is based on Dr. Miles Neale's book Gradual Awakening and the the Gradual Path (lam rim) literature of Tibetan Buddhism. The program presents Tibet's ancient mind science seamlessly integrated with current neuropsychology and trauma research making it accessible to the modern mindset and relevant to our contemporary needs. The gradual path is for seekers ready to commit to the hard work, over the long haul, that it takes to heal and become fully human.
Courses I - VII can be applied towards the Contemplatives Studies Program Certificate.
Vajrayana is said to be a swift yet perilous method to awakening emphasizing mentor bonding, taking the result of full enlightenment as the path, and transforming the energy of the passions through the alchemy of one’s own subtle body.
Continuing on the Gradual Path to Awakening we explore the wisdom realizing emptiness. Far from an aloof nothingness, master Nagarjuna proclaimed emptiness to be the ‘womb of compassion.’
Driven by our unbiased concern for all life forms and a sense of universal responsibility for our planet in peril, we enter into the Universal Vehicle (Mahayana) of wise compassion and aspire to awaken for the benefit of all.
With Lama Tsongkhapa as our guide, and the ancient gradual path (lam rim) text as our map, we'll set out for awakening by embracing infinite life and death, working with karma, clarifying our purpose and finding true refuge within.
Embark on the Hero’s Journey and awaken to the mythical dimension of life. Learn to apply the twelve stages of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, Carl Jung’s depth psychology, the Tibetan Buddhist science of visualization and the creative art of rebirth to your current life path.
Dive deep into the latest trauma informed theory and practices specifically designed for meditators, yogis and those on the spiritual path. Skillfully work with mind, brain, relationships and ancestry and heal your deepest personal wounds while integrating ancient wisdom with contemporary science.
Journey into the essence of Buddhism and learn how to consciously direct your own evolution. Discover the world's first and most enduring psychology of self-transformation, the origins of mindfulness meditation and unpack the meaning of the Wheel of Becoming iconography.
The R.E.A.C.T. technique is CPR for our emotions; a rapid, standardized, skill-based response that can be applied with sufficient training to help co-regulate threatened and overtaxed nervous systems.
Develop a firm foundation and conceptual understanding of sacred principles and practices.
Deepen conceptual understanding into personal knowledge through collaborative discussion.
Deepen personal knowledge into embodied wisdom through meditative practice.
Apply embodied wisdom to everyday life in the world through engagement and service.
"Miles Neale’s GRADUAL AWAKENING offers a much-needed answer to the proliferation of popular spiritual teachings that promise some sudden enlightenment, as if awakening were the ultimate escape from the inexorable relativity and messy impermanence of the human condition. If you want a way through the maze of today’s pop spirituality to find the real path to full awakening, read this book!"
"Miles Neale leads us on our own journey with neuroscience and psychotherapy drawing us back to spirit. He illuminates traditional teachings for reflection and action, from aspiration and refuge to radical altruism. This is strong and effective medicine. Gradual Awakening is a true friend and guide for bringing liberating values to life."
"As an increasingly global community continues to confront environmental, socioeconomic and geopolitical obstacles, I hope Gradual Awakening will generate an awareness of the potential within all of us to create harmony and bring about peaceful, collaborative solutions to the issues we face. "
"A fresh new voice has emerged; Miles’ message is both fiery and clear. GRADUAL AWAKENING is a timely revelation, offering an unabashed critique of our modern materialist paradigm as well as an ancient yet accessible roadmap for those wondering what's next. On your journey of awakening and social transformation, Miles Neale is a capable ally and an adept guide."
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