This online course will explore the various types of meditation that are practiced in Tibetan Buddhism.
Join guest speakers Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe, Geshe Lobsang Negi, Joseph Loizzo, Venerable Thubten Chodron, Glenn Mullin and Robert A. F. Thurman over the course of six weeks in this exploration of the nature of mind and meditation.
Jewel Heart Chapters will offer follow-up workshops for discussion and practice based on this course. Check with your local Jewel Heart chapters for their related programs.
Thursdays, September 19 – October 24, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm Eastern Time
Online Course with selected onsite locations
SEPTEMBER 19 – GESHE YESHE THABKHE
Placement or concentrated meditation is the foundation of all meditations. The object of focus can vary according to the practitioner’s goals. The basic obstacles to placement meditation at the beginning stage are sinking and wandering. Various mindfulness techniques can help overcome these obstacles and strengthen the ability to focus.
Live from Jewel Heart Ann Arbor and online/on-demand
SEPTEMBER 26 – GESHE LOBSANG NEGI
MIND AND MENTAL FACULTIES – HOW THE MIND WORKS
This session will explore how the mind functions and why the mind is capable of developing positive mental faculties through meditation.
Live online and on-demand
OCTOBER 3 – JOSEPH LOIZZO
NATURE OF MIND AND ITS ENERGY
An exploration of the basic foundations of mind and energy needed to meditate. It is also a preparation for meditating on Mahamudra and Vajrayana meditations.
Live from Jewel Heart New York and online/on-demand
OCTOBER 10 – VENERABLE THUBTEN CHODRON
LAM RIM ANALYTICAL MEDITATION
This talk will explain the process of meditative analysis that leads to generating insight and focusing on that insight as an experiential conclusion. It includes generating positive emotions and focusing on them. Analytical meditation on Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) covers the topics from precious human life up to the six transcendental activities of a bodhisattvas.
Live online and on-demand
OCTOBER 17 – GLENN MULLIN
ULTIMATE NATURE OF MIND MEDITATION (EMPTINESS MEDITATION)
Meditation on the emptiness of mind itself is particularly powerful because it directly contradicts the subtle grasping at self.
Online and on-demand
OCTOBER 24 – ROBERT A.F. THURMAN
INTRODUCTION TO VAJRAYANA MEDITATION
Vajrayana meditation is a powerful practice that uses imagery, mantras, channels and chakras to accelerate and deepen the realizations from the previous five areas of meditation covered in this course.
Online and on-demand
Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe is a genuine contemplative master and a member of the last generation extensively trained in old Tibet. He received his monastic education at Drepung Loseling Monastery and, in 1969, was awarded the Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree of scholarship conferred within the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, the only Tibetan university in India. His scholarly work includes a translation of The Essence of Good Explanation of Definitive and Interpretable Meanings (Tib. Lek-Shey Nying-Po) by Tsongkhapa into Hindi, and A Commentary on the Rice Seedlings Sutra (Skt. Salistamba Sutra) by Vasubhandu. He has facilitated numerous other research works, including the complete translation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Tib. Lam Rim Chen Mo), a major project undertaken by The Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey, where he teaches regularly. Jewel Heart has had the honor of hosting Professor Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe for many years. He has given teachings on diverse topics and texts, including the the entire teaching on all the sixteen chapters of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D. is a Professor of Practice in Emory University’s Department of Religion and the founder and spiritual director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., in Atlanta, GA. He is also the co-founder and director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, a unique multi-dimensional educational initiative founded at Emory University in 1998 which includes the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI), an educational program created at the invitation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to design and implement a comprehensive modern science curriculum specifically for Tibetan monastics.
Additionally, Dr. Negi serves as the executive director of the new Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University. The mission of the new center is to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based educational programs grounded in compassion-based ethics in order to cultivate social, emotional and ethical well being for both self and others as global citizens in a multicultural world.
The new center houses a program in social, emotional and ethical learning for kindergarten through high school known as SEE Learning, courses in secular ethics at the university level, as well as CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training), a compassion meditation program developed by Dr. Negi that is based on Tibetan contemplative methods and taught as both a research protocol and to the public for personal enrichment.
Dr. Negi was born in Kinnaur, a remote Himalayan region adjoining Tibet. A former monk, he began his monastic training at The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamasala, India and continued his education at Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India, where in 1994 he received his Geshe Lharampa degree—the highest academic degree granted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Dr. Negi completed his Ph.D. at Emory University in 1999; his interdisciplinary dissertation centered on traditional Buddhist and contemporary Western approaches to emotions and their impact on wellness. His current research focuses on the complementarity of modern science and contemplative practice.
For more information about Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi visit: http://religion.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/negi-lobsang.html
Joseph Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and business consultant who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. He founded Nalanda Center for Contemplative Science and is on faculty at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies. He has published books, translations, and several articles and also has a private practice in Manhattan.
For more information, visit https://www.nalandainstitute.org.
Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Western nuns and monks in the US. She graduated from UCLA, and did graduate work in education at USC. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, she has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. She received full ordination as a bhikshuni in 1986.
Ven. Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and is currently co-authoring with His Holiness the Dalai Lama a multi-volume series of teachings on the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The first volume, Approaching the Buddhist Path, is available July 2017.
Visit thubtenchodron.org for a media library of her teachings, and https://sravasti.org to learn more about Sravasti Abbey.
Glenn Mullin has been a long time friend of Gelek Rimpoche and Jewel Heart, having met and studied with Gelek Rimpoche from the mid 70’s. He is a Tibetologist, Buddhist writer, translator of classical Tibetan literature, and teacher of Tantric Buddhist meditation. He studied philosophy, literature, meditation, yoga, and the enlightenment culture under thirty-five of the greatest living masters of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Glenn is the author of over 20 books on Tibetan Buddhism, founded and directed the Mystical Arts of Tibet, and has curated a number of important Tibetan art exhibitions. He divides his time between writing, teaching, meditating, and leading tour groups to the power places of Nepal and Tibet.
For more information, visit http://www.glennmullin.com/
Graduate of Harvard University, Ph.D. in Buddhology, Robert A.F. Thurman recently retired as the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. In 1972, he founded the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, with mission to research and translate the 4,000 works of the Tibetan Tengyur into English, volumes gradually being researched, translated and published with Columbia University Press as Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences.
In 1987, he co-founded, with Richard Gere and Philip Glass, Tibet House US, dedicated to the preservation and renaissance of Tibetan civilization. In 2001, he co- founded with Nena Thurman the Menla Mountain Retreat Center in the Catskill Mountains to advance the life sciences and healing arts of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist medicine tradition. Thurman is the translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and author of many books, including Inner Revolution, The Central Philosophy of Tibet, The Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, Infinite Life, The Jewel Tree of Tibet, Circling the Sacred Mountain, and Why the Dalai Lama Matters.
For more information, visit https://bobthurman.com.