Year Two Curriculum — Toronto
and Social Transformation
Opening Retreat. Foundations of Mahayana: Entering the Universal Vehicle of Wisdom and Compassion
Faculty: J. Loizzo, R. Thurman, M. Neale and E. Wolf
Retreat Foundational Topics include: Interdependence / Emptiness / Great Compassion (Bodhicitta)
Module 1. Transforming the Mind for Social Engagement
Primary Faculty expert: M. Neale
Additional Fall Faculty: J. Loizzo, R. Thurman, R. Davidson, and M. Epstein.
Class topics include: Analysis of the Seven-Point Mind-Clearing Text / Mind-Training Practice (Lojong) / Giving-and-Taking Practice (Tonglen) / The Social Science of Destructive and Pro-Social Emotions / Relevance to Interpersonal Neurobiology / Neuroscience and Research of Compassion and Altruism
Intersession Retreat. Entering the Process Vehicle of Creative Visualization and Subtle Body Work
J. Loizzo, R. Thurman, M. Neale and E. Wolf
Overview of Creation and Perfection Stages of Tantra / Mentor Role-Modeling / Subtle Body Science
Module 2. Role-Modeling Imagery for Self-Transformation
Primary Faculty expert: P. Jennings
Additional Winter Faculty: J. Loizzo, R. Thurman, M. Neale.
Class topics include: Analysis of the Mentor-Bonding text / Role-Modeling and Mentor-Bonding Visualizations (Guru-Yoga) / Relevance to Self-Psychology / Jungian Analysis /Narrative therapy / Neuroscience and Research of Visualization
Module 3. Embodied Openness for Deep Integration
Primary Faculty expert: J. Loizzo
Additional Winter Faculty: P. Jennings, R. Thurman, D. Fosha, E. Thompson, M. Reilly-Nichols.
Class topics include: Analysis of a Great Seal text/ Great Seal Practice of Radical Open-Mindedness and Blissful Neurochemistry (Mahamudra) / Subtle Body Science: Channels, Winds and Drops / Relevance to Philosophy of Mind / Embodied Cognition / Polyvagal Theory / Deep Affect Therapy
Meditation Practicum. Instruction and Supervision with Robert Thurman
This is taught throughout the year and meditations are reinforced at the beginning of each class meeting.