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Fall and Spring Classes

For those of you who are new to meditation and yoga but learn best in a longer class format, and for those with some experience who want more in-depth learning, we offer two or more extended classes each Fall and Spring semester.

Each class involves a series of weekly two hour meetings, ranging from four to twelve weeks. Most classes follow an experiential learning format, with guided meditations or yoga at the start and end of each class; study, lecture and discussion of a basic contemplative text or practice; and a mix of individual feedback and group support to enhance learning.

Fall and Spring classes are taught by various Nalanda faculty, and cover five main content areas.

Contemplative Living Series

Covers the three main contemplative vehicles developed within the Nalanda tradition for lay practitioners travelling the gradual path to contemplative living in the everyday world. Classes in this series introduce beginners to the basic principles and practices of self-healing, social engagement and role-modeling affirmation, vision and inspiration.

Classes regularly taught in this series include:

The Foundations of Contemplative Life: Covers the basic principles and practices of contemplative self-healing, aligning the Buddha’s four noble truths with the four scopes of mindfulness meditation and the life-strategies of letting go of compulsive habits and cultivating good-will and peace.

The Gradual Path of Contemplative Living: Covers the basic science and art of contemplative living, prompting students to mindfully revise their familiar personal, social and cultural ways of being to spark the lifelong development of an optimal healthy life.

Clearing the Mind for Everyday Life: Covers the intermediate practice of clearing the mind of traumatic self-indulgence and building a mature self of proactive engagement through cultivating wise compassion and reversing the flow of give and take with the world.

Role-Modeling Imagery for Social Engagement: Covers the intermediate art of embodying wise compassion through combining self-analysis with interactive role-modeling imagery, based on the seven step practice of invoking and bonding with the Healing Mentor/ Mother.

Buddhism and Psychology Series

Covers the growing dialogue between Buddhist and Western psychological theories and methods, linking the three disciplines of deep mindfulness, mind-clearing and role-modeling to current developments in individual, relational and creative therapies.

Classes regularly taught in this series include:

Contemplative Psychology: The Science and Art of Self-Healing: Covers the basic science of how the mind and body work in compulsive life, on the path of self-healing and in the optimal state of lasting freedom and happiness; and aligns this with the art of inclusive mindfulness of the systems, media and elements of mind and body.

Healing Insight: Clearing the Path to Self-Change: Covers the developmental psychology of karma along with the stages of cognitive, behavioral and motivational change; and aligns these with the art of deep mindfulness.

Self-Analysis: Disarming the Traumatized, Childhood Self: Covers the liberative psychology of selflessness and aligns this with art of combining deep mindfulness with analytic insight meditation to heal traumatic memories and stress-reactive habits.

The Psychology of Social Engagement: Covers the psychology of interdependence and the art of building the social emotions of love, compassion, responsibility and altruistic resolve based on the methods of Asanga and Shantideva.

Buddhism, Science and Health Series

This series focuses on insights and methods emerging from the growing dialogue between the Buddhist Mind and Health Sciences and Western disciplines from physics and neuroscience to physiology and medicine.

Classes regularly taught in this series include:

Basic Stress-Reduction and Self-Healing: Covers the basic principles and practices of stress-reduction and self-healing from the standpoint of the growing convergence of ancient contemplative science and current research on stress, immunity and healing.

Contemplative Science and Mind/Brain Health: Covers the surprising convergence of ancient contemplative science and current neuroscience, especially their complementary maps of the nervous system and their views of neuroplasticity, learning and change.

Contemplative Living, Longevity and Optimal Health: Compares the latest research on longevity and optimal health with the ancient Indian arts and sciences of contemplative living and life change.

Contemplation, Immunity and Self-Healing: Covers the latest research on the role of the mind/body connection in immunity, inflammation and healing, focusing on current findings that contemplative methods boost immunity, control inflammation and enhance tissue growth and repair.

Buddhism and Yoga Series

Covers the age-old confluence of the arts and sciences of Buddhism and Yoga, comparing the Buddha’s eightfold path with Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga and Nagarjuna’s Central Way with the non-dualism of the Bhagvad Gita. All classes in this series will address the practical integration of yoga asana practice and breath-work (pranayama) with mindfulness and insight meditation.

Classes regularly taught in this series include:

Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Meditation: Covers the unfolding of the journey of contemplative living as mapped in the Buddhist eightfold path and the eight limbed path of yoga, aligning each step of the two maps with the basic practices of mindfulness meditation and Hatha yoga.

The Three Disciplines of Contemplative Living: Covers the three core disciplines or yogas needed to build a foundation for progress along the path of contemplative living: the yoga of contemplative knowledge and wisdom; the yoga of ethical motivation and action; and the yoga of contemplation and focused meditation.

The Healing Wisdom of Non-Duality: Covers the healing wisdom of interdependence and interconnectedness taught in Buddhist Centrism (Madhyamika) and Hindu Non-Dualism (Advaita-Vedanta) as the gateway to the path of compassionate spiritual engagement with the everyday world.

Self-Transcendence, Devotion and Service: Covers the utopian vision and transformative practice of wise compassion in the Buddhist Self-Transcendence Vehicle (Paramita-Yana) and the Hindu Yoga of Devotion (Bhakti-Yoga) as timeless models for the non-dual transformation of our inner and outer worlds.

Buddhism and Recovery Series

Covers the growing convergence between India’s ancient contemplative paths of self-healing and the modern self-help path of twelve-step recovery. The series helps people integrate Indic contemplative insights and methods into recovery, and use twelve step-meetings and programs to help ground a genuine contemplative lifestyle in today’s complex world.

Classes regularly taught in this series include:

Recovery as a Contemplative Path: Covers the gradual path of contemplative living and learning from the perspectives of the Buddhist eightfold path, the eight limbs of yoga and the twelve steps of modern recovery.

Refuge, Devotion and the First Three Steps: Covers the transition from compulsive life to contemplative life in the Buddhist, Hindu and Western recovery traditions, comparing Buddhist refuge and Hindu devotion with the first steps of modern recovery.

Self-Analysis and Purification: Steps Four through Nine: Covers the work of self-analysis and self-change in the Buddhist disciplines of wisdom and ethics, the Hindu Yogas of knowledge and action and the six central steps of modern recovery.

Contemplation, Recovery and the Final Three Steps: Covers the disciplines of mindfulness, prayer, contemplation and deep meditation that foster the final fruition of the paths of self-healing and self-transformation in Buddhism, Hindu Yoga and twelve-step recovery.

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