A Four-Week Online Course with Miles Neale, PsyD

TIBETAN BUDDHISM

A Path of Becoming Fully Human

August 9th - 30th, 2018

COURSE SUMMARY

We are witnessing a time of great geo-political, economic and ecological upheaval. At the same time a spiritual revolution is emerging, with burgeoning interest in methods for expanding human consciousness. As more people grow dissatisfied with materialistic culture, and taste the benefits of meditation, yoga, and plant medicines many are becoming increasingly committed to the deeper contemplative sciences and embodied philosophies that underpin these practices.

This four-part course surveys Tibetan Buddhism, specifically it’s unique practices of visualization, renunciation, and compassion grounded in its scientific world-view of interdependence.  The course asks not only how do Buddhists understand and relate to our current global predicament but invites you to personally consider how to become fully human. Each class will address the most salient existential questions we each face: how to learn, how to let go, how to love and how to lead. Content is presented through an interdisciplinary lens, using the idiom of psychotherapy and neuroscience to make ancient principals and practices even more relevant to our modern mindset.

About Your Teacher

Miles Neale, PsyD, is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, and faculty member of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and Tibet House (US), all initiatives that aim to preserve and assimilate Tibet’s rich curriculum of awakening into contemporary life. With more than twenty years integrating the mind science and meditative arts of Tibetan Buddhism with neuroscience and psychotherapy, Miles is a forerunner in the emerging field of contemplative psychotherapy, and offers public teachings and professional trainings worldwide. Miles is coeditor of Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2017) and author of Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human along with its companion audio course The Gradual Path (Sounds True, 2018). He is based in New York City. Visit milesneale.com for more information.

COURSE INCLUDES

4 Weekly Live Video Lectures
4 Q&A Sessions with Miles
Syllabus
Course Readings
10 Yoga Alliance Cont. Ed. Credits
10 Embodied Philosophy Credits
4 Downloadable Videos & MP3s
A Pop-Up Facebook Group

COURSE OUTLINE

MODULE #1: Visualization

How do we hasten learning? This lecture introduces a foundational, pre-tantric meditation practice common to all forms of Tibetan Buddhism called role-modeling visualization. We will review the Six Preliminaries that structure a daily meditation practice and provide a psychological basis for the unique role mentor-archetypes and creative imagery play in spiritual development. We will experience how visualization serves as a virtual reality or organic flight simulator that quickens integration of the principals presented in the subsequent classes.

MODULE #2: Renunciation

How do we skillfully let go? This lecture introduces the foundational principals of Tibetan Buddhism called the Four Mind Turnings. Reflecting deeply on the preciousness of human life, death and impermanence, causality and the defects of compulsive life facilitates a dramatic and necessary reorientation away from hedonic pursuits that never fully satisfy us and towards genuine spiritual liberation.

MODULE #3: Compassion

How do we maturely love? This lecture continues from the basis of self-care and personal liberation and pivots towards the development of universal compassion and social transformation. We will follow an ancient psychology called the Four-point Exchange of Self and Other that typify the heroic outlook and pro-social behavior of the Bodhisattva, determined to reorient his or her life not towards escaping from the world but towards greater altruism within it.

MODULE #4: Wisdom

How do we wisely lead? This final lecture explores the view of interdependence that underlies the Buddhist activities of meditation, renunciation and altruism previously covered in the series. Consistent with findings from neuroscience and quantum physics, the Buddhist principal of emptiness is not a nihilistic black hole to be feared, but a pregnant womb of possibility in any given moment to discover that allows for creative engagement with the world. We will review different levels of understanding emptiness, it relationship with karmic causality, and how it empowers altruistic leadership.

August 2018

4 THURSDAY EVENINGS
August 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

Join Miles Neale as he explores the history, iconography and philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism.

Students Who Take This Course Will:

  • Learn the basic structure and science for role-modeling visualization.
  • Learn why visualization might be the most effective and comprehensive system of meditation available.
  • Discover a new, more scientific interpretation of karma.
  • Break engrained personal habits that restrict your evolution.
  • Cultivate wise compassion that protects your mind and brain from toxic social stress.
  • Learn how to use interpersonal adversity to your advantage.
  • Explore interdependence and the relationship between emptiness and karma.
  • Avoid the extremes of religious dogma devoid of reason and scientism devoid of spirit.
  • Challenge materialistic cultural assumptions that human beings are here merely to gain dominion over matter, maximize profit, and pursue hedonic pleasures.
  • Discover greater meaning and purpose to your precious human life.

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Tibetan Buddhism

A 4-WEEK ONLINE COURSE with MILES NEALE

Presented by Embodied Philosophy

A One-Time Investment of $127, or Three Payments of $49 (autodebited every month).

 

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$127

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$49

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NOTE: Each week will include a 2 hour Lecture & Q&A on a Thursday Evening at 7pm Eastern Time (East Coast USA). Everyone will receive recordings of the Talks, so if you are not available during the Live Lecture, you can watch freely at your own time, again and again.

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