Contemplative Studies Program Blog
Buddhist Pilgrimage to Nepal & CSP Service Project Update Jul 30, 2021

Though we postponed our annual Buddhist pilgrimage to Nepal and India due to the pandemic until October 2022, Miles offers his reflections on purification, collecting merit, and thinking of others in the meantime.

Miles also shares some exciting news about a very rare and auspicious pre-trip...

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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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Finding a Qualified Dharma Teacher Feb 05, 2021

I think it actually requires much more maturity to be able to stay in the hot pocket of understanding the virtue of this institution and how the lama arrangement works and the qualities of seeking a master that's truly qualified and also recognizing all the malarkey and all the nuance and...

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Buddhas, Tulkus and Narcissists Jan 25, 2021

Miles sits down with Steve James of  Guru Viking to recount how an affluent but disturbed childhood with alcoholic parents and a narcissistic father drove him to self harm and dissatisfaction, and how he found solace and healing in religious practice and a series of influential...

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Year's End Reflection Dec 31, 2020

My dear friends,

As the new year dawns I offer my reflections on this year we will never forget. 

Despite challenges unseen in a hundred years we remained steadfast together on the gradual path and never faltered a single step. We made no excuses. Wasted no time. We forged ahead in the face...

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Spiritual Bypass: Conflict Avoidance in the Guise of Easy Going Jun 22, 2020

In this excerpt from Trauma-Informed Dharma, Dr. Miles Neale talks about one of the many possible ways we can use spiritual beliefs and practices to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved trauma, and developmental needs. What follows below is a lightly edited transcript of the video.


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The Power of Pilgrimage Oct 17, 2019

 Buddhist pilgrimage starts with the advice of the Buddha. The Buddha said, once I'm gone, please go to the various sites that are associated with my life, the milestones of my life, and he said, there you will find me.

It means that in those places, there you will find him. There you...

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