Contemplative Studies Program Blog
Awakening in 30 Steps Jul 03, 2021

Awakening in 30 Steps is a series of contemplations on each of the lam rim steps from Dr. Miles Neale's book Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human.

The lam rim is not a linear sprint to a final destination, it’s a spiral-like process of gradual awakening.

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Coping With Your Darkest Night Jul 02, 2021

Raw and full of lived wisdom, Dr. Miles Neale returns to the Inner Truth podcast to talk to David Newell about navigating through the dark night in the the midst of his own dark night.

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Create a Sacred Space & Make Offerings Jun 29, 2021

Sitting cross-legged in an upright meditation posture facing an altar, I take refuge in the Three Jewels in Pali and then Tibetan. My voice is overshadowed by an unfamiliar sound on a loudspeaker – the call to prayer beckoning the Islamic devotees to the mosque. A reminder that I am no...

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Journey of Awakening: A Virtual Buddhist Pilgrimage May 20, 2021

Acclaimed photographer and author Julian Bound and Buddhist therapist joins Dr. Miles Neale for an intimate conversation about the journey of awakening.

Julian’s stunning photographs from his many travels to sacred Buddhist sites throughout Asia as well as his latest book By Way of...

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Contemplative Psychology in a Modern Context May 17, 2021

Dr. Miles Neale recently talked to Tom Parkes of the Mentally Flexible podcast. In this episode they discuss:

  • The Contemplative Studies Program
  • How Miles’s childhood informed his spiritual life
  • The importance of presence in helping another person feel...
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Life as an Art | Third Eye Drops Podcast May 16, 2021

 Dr. Miles Neale returns to the Third Eye Drops podcast to talk to  host Michael Philip about living life as art, keeping the sacred alive without dogma, the meaning crisis, Joseph Campbell and more. 


"When you come across a quote, an idea, a song, whatever the medium is, and it...

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Short Life Lessons From Miles Neale | WorldClassPerformer.com Apr 27, 2021

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in Hong Kong with tremendous privilege but often felt dissatisfied as if something essential was missing. By the time I was twenty I had made it to India...

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Lam Rim with Healing Sounds Apr 27, 2021

Sound healer and Integrated Vibrational therapist Phil Jacobs of Toronto Sound Therapy is a regular guest of the Contemplative Studies Program. Phil has brought soothing sounds and vibration to Miles' guided visualizations to powerful effect on a number of occasions. Phil rejoins...

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How to Practice Lam Rim Apr 21, 2021

Join us for this free event April 21 at 7pm EDT when Geshe Tenzin Zopa (Unmistaken Child) shows us how to meditate on the themes from the 1000 year old Tibetan Buddhist tradition of lam rim or gradual path of spiritual awakening.

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Finding Buddha Mar 23, 2021

Dr. Miles Neale talks to Jacob of Sacred Earth Journeys about the upcoming Buddhist pilgrimage with Geshe Tenzin Zopa to the holy sites of the Buddha in India and Nepal.

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Karma and Emptiness Are Your Greatest Friends Mar 04, 2021
The following is a lightly edited excerpt from Find True Refuge.

How many of you feel like you're a terrible sinner? How many of you went through all the hell realms in the Yangsi [Rinpoche] book and all the negative karmas and all the things that can befall you and felt like you were a...

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The Gravity of Awakening Mar 03, 2021

In Mind Meld 224 of the Third Eye Drops podcast, Miles and host Michael Philip muse about revolution, tantra, psychology, alchemy, myth, mysticism, why this is an incredibly transformative time, and more.

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