Contemplative Studies Program Blog
Lam Rim on the Road: Reflections on the Perfection of Generosity Dec 04, 2021

Dharma teachings sometimes happen in mysterious ways, masquerading as everyday occurrences or through the behavior of unlikely characters. Several years ago, while working with marginalized populations, a patient taught me a treasured lesson. I was caught off guard when they handed me a package,...

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Lam Rim on the Road: Reflections on Life, Legacy, and Death Nov 12, 2021

Rolling thunder rumbled as I reflected on the number of dead bodies surrounding me. Who had these people been? What were their stories? Did they live with integrity? Were their deaths peaceful or wrought with fear? Who did they leave behind? Looking around at the inscriptions, I recognized many...

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Live Event with Tibet House US Nov 01, 2021

Emerge from the shadow of the darkest day of the year with Miles Neale and sound master Phil Jacobs guiding you through a ritual purification and intention setting around the virtual, quantum fire. Unified by visualization and vibration we’ll shed the old, while welcoming in the energy of rebirth...

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Quarterly Astrology Forecast with Lynn Bell Oct 25, 2021

Our quarterly forecast with master astrologer Lynn Bell happens in the Contemplative Studies Program Courtyard October 29th. Lynn will discuss the powerful alignments occurring in November and carry us through into the New Year.

Lynn Bell has been practicing astrology for over...

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Lam Rim on the Road Oct 05, 2021

Introduction to the Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery Service Project

In a hidden valley in the high Himalayas of north western Nepal, near the Tibetan border, a group of nuns preserve the practice of Tibetan Buddhism at Rachen Nunnery. Kathmandu is the nearest city, a mere 5 or 6-day trek away –...

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"Nobody Understands Aion": Jungian Reflections from the Churn of the Kali Yuga   Sep 22, 2021

Discover more about archetypes, astrology, and alchemy as therapist Anderson Todd discusses Carl Jung’s seminal book Aion, in our opening lecture of the  Sensemaking the Pandemic series.

Even among the often-difficult writings of C.G. Jung, Aion stands out as a work of...
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Live Classes Resume September 15 Sep 09, 2021

Life is exceedingly precious and fleeting, we must use every moment meaningfully to awaken for the benefit of others. In the second semester of our year-long course with Dr. Miles Neale and special guests, we will continue to extract the essence of the gradual path (lam rim) of Tibetan...

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Homecoming Aug 17, 2021

The second instalment in the Lam Rim on the Road travelogue by guest contributor Erica Saccente.

Overlooking the silver sea, I drink a cup of coffee and try to recount the events of the past two weeks on Ithaca. This hypnotic island warps time so that a week feels like 24 hours and 6 months...

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Review of Steps 1-30 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 16, 2021

Part 1 of our Review Session reminds us of our methodology, combining study and reflection, with meditation and application to everyday life.

We refresh steps 1-14, ending in the first milestone of Renunciation.

Hopefully this review is helpful for those who have completed all the posts in our...

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Right View of Reality | Step 30 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 15, 2021

Congratulations! You made it to the summit of the gradual path.

The correct view of reality sees the conventional reality of people, places, things, and experiences, as inseparable from their ultimate reality, the lack of inherent existence. Emptiness is form, form is emptiness. Which means we...

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The Perfection of Wisdom | Step 29 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 14, 2021

Definition of emptiness - The lack of inherent existence of the subject, object, and interaction.

The “lack” implies something we thought was there is not. Self-existence or independent existence is not there. And yet...things still arise, appear, and feel good or bad.

There is a...

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The Perfection of Concentration | Step 28 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 13, 2021

The ability to hold ones attention on an object, sustaining it indefinitely, at will, leading to an intense experience of bliss.

They say that concentration taken to its extreme can produce psychic abilities (siddhis) we would call extra sensory perceptions like clairvoyance.

There are also the...

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