Contemplative Studies Program Blog
Return with Elixir: Journey of Conscious Death and Rebirth Jun 09, 2022

My next book Return with Elixir has found a home and will be published by Inner Traditions late 2023.

Return with Elixir is a guide to conscious death and rebirth drawing of the mythopoetics of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung’s depth psychology, and the alchemical visualizations of Tibetan...

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Spring Service Project Update: Anticipating Spring Construction in the Tsum Valley Mar 29, 2022

As we welcome spring after a difficult winter, we turn our sights to the Tsum Valley once again ... bringing a little renewed optimism to our world.

The daytime highs near the Rachen Nunnery are forecasted to be 53 degrees fahrenheit (12 degrees celsius) by the end of March ... as they too look...

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The Sacred Speaks Podcast #77 | Gradual Awakening, Jung & Psychedelics Mar 12, 2022

 In this episode of the Sacred Speaks podcast, Miles Neale talks to host John Price about  his early training, teachers, and practice tracing the path of his development as a psychotherapist and teacher of Buddhism.

They discuss the Four Noble Truths, the...

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Lam Rim on the Road: Severed Feb 17, 2022

Part One in a Mini-Series on Death & Rebirth

As I reflect on a term I heard in a documentary yesterday, “reemergence,” a small, delicate object lands on the table. It looks like a leaf or flower. Wind from the fan blows it onto the ground. Something pulls me to look at it again. I...

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Lam Rim on the Road: A Visit to Doi Suthep Jan 16, 2022

Riding alone in the back of a songthaew, a pick-up truck taxi, feelings of red hot anger match the vehicle’s color. Righteous indignation flares in my mind; how dare the driver rip me off! Shame burns right alongside; it’s my own fault for getting in – I could have continued to...

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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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