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In the spirit of H. H. the Dalai Lama’s Force for Good:Buddhist Sources as Beyond Buddhist Religion

Nov
30

7:00 pm  | $25 - $250

Continued (classes will be live-streamed).
Any single lecture may be taken separately; anyone committing to the whole series and reading the assigned texts gets a discount. If you purchase series mid-way through, the previous class recording links are on your ticketing email receipt, so you can catch up & review the prior content.

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December 14Ati Yoga: According to Yuthok Yonten Gonpo
With Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Robert AF Thurman
In a totally fitting and auspicious final session of the Force for Good series for 2016, concluding the last session that focused on the Vajrayāna or Tantrayāna, we have the great good fortune to be joined by world-renowned healer, physician, and accomplished Ngagpa yogi and scholar, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. He will teach the pith quintessence of the Nyingma Atiyoga Great Perfection (Dzogchen) teaching transmitted from the famous 12th century Enlightened healer, physician, and accomplished Ngagpa yogi and scholar, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, elucidating key points of his just published book on that subject, Mirror of Light. Dr. Thurman will introduce the teaching by connecting the Atiyoga teaching with the Unexcelled Yoga Tantra perfection stage teaching of the Sarma (later translation) schools, in tribute to Dr. Nida’s enlightened nonsectarian way of imparting teachings and blessings. A book signing will be held following the teaching.

Please visit www.skypressbooks.com for more information about Dr Nida Chenagtsang’s new book, ‘Mirror of Light: A Commentary on Yuthok’s Ati Yoga’ and his USA book tour, December 1st – 21st, 2016.

Dr Nida and Professor Thurman will be co-teaching an intensive retreat at Menla Mountain Retreat and Spa Resort, December 15th – 18th


An 11-part course branching out from  H. H. Dalai Lama’s ongoing world initiative, ranging from His “secular ethics” (Beyond Religion), to educational initiatives for developing universal compassion and universal responsibility, world religions’ harmonious collaboration (Toward a True Kinship of Faiths), His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution (Ethics for the New Millennium), exemplified in His tireless efforts to seek a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing crackdown in Tibet, His dialogues with materialist scientists through American Institute of Buddhist Studies, Tibet House US, and Mind and Life Institute, His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” program, His opening up the study of the esoteric Tantras through his 33 Kalachakra Grand Initiations, and up to His teachings given in numerous publications. Among the texts for the course is Daniel Goleman’s A Force for Good and the Dalai Lama’s own books just mentioned above. In this second semester of the long term training course, the context will b set up by lectures on September 7, November 2, and December 14, focusing very much on approaching Buddhism as sciences, arts and ethical practices, rather than as a quest for  religious conversion. There are three different explorations of Buddhist sources, the first on the Buddha’s Pali Discourses (suttas), the seond on the Mahayana Sutras, and the third on the Vajrayana sciences. In each two-hour class there will be lecture, actual meditation, and dialogue. Further semesters of the long-term teacher’s training curriculum will follow during  2017. A reading resources list will be provided to enrollees on the course website.

Buddhist Science I – September 7
Buddhism as a Scientific Education System, complementary to all religions, philosophies, and ethical systems.

Theravada Suttas: Basic Buddhism – September 14, 21, 28
Walking with the Buddha among the people in ancient India, as he teaches them ways of understanding and living that can still help us today. We will read the Samanapalasutta and other discourses from the Dighanikaya, a prime source for the Vipassana tradition.

Mahayana Sutras, Buddhism in Expansive Perspective – October 12, 26, November 2
We will read the Vimalakirti Sutra, and selections from the Transcendent Wisdom and the Buddha-Garland (Flower Ornament) Sutras. Building on the basis above, expanding to a cosmic positivity and comprehensive perspective.

Buddhist Science II – November 9
Second talk on Buddhism as Science, focusing on Mahayana nondual­ity and Vajrayana subtle bodymind, and processes of death and life.

Vajrayana: Challenge and Opportunity – November 16, 30, December 7
Looking at some verses from the Kalachakra Tantra and looking at “Tantric Abhidharma” from treatises such as those in the “Book of the Dead” literature, focusing on subtle and supersubtle bodymind.

December 14Ati Yoga: According to Yuthok Yonten Gonpo
With Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Robert AF Thurman
In a totally fitting and auspicious final session of the Force for Good series for 2016, concluding the last session that focused on the Vajrayāna or Tantrayāna, we have the great good fortune to be joined by world-renowned healer, physician, and accomplished Ngagpa yogi and scholar, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. He will teach the pith quintessence of the Nyingma Atiyoga Great Perfection (Dzogchen) teaching transmitted from the famous 12th century Enlightened healer, physician, and accomplished Ngagpa yogi and scholar, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, elucidating key points of his just published book on that subject, Mirror of Light. Dr. Thurman will introduce the teaching by connecting the Atiyoga teaching with the Unexcelled Yoga Tantra perfection stage teaching of the Sarma (later translation) schools, in tribute to Dr. Nida’s enlightened nonsectarian way of imparting teachings and blessings. A book signing will be held following the teaching.

Dr Nida and Professor Thurman will be co-teaching an intensive retreat at Menla Mountain Retreat and Spa Resort, December 15th – 18th

REGISTRATION:
To attend in person:  General:$25/Members:$22.50 for each session  |  SERIES — General:$250/Members:$225
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Venue

NY

About the Presenters

Robert-Thurman

Professor Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Anger, the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. His most recent book is titled Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words.

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, in Eastern Tibet. Interested in the traditional healing science of his people, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education in 1996. Dr. Nida completed his practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka.
Dr. Nida has published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine). He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods, and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of traditional Tibetan external healing therapies.
Dr. Nida is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International (formerly the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine). He is also the Co-Founder of the International Ngak-mang Institute, established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa yogic culture within modern Tibetan society.
Dr. Nida trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual tradition in over 40 countries around the world.
www.sorigkhang.org (Dr Nida’s international organization, Foundation for Traditional Tibetan Medicine
www.skypressbooks.com (Dr Nida’s trip to the US this December is in celebration of the publishing of his new book, ‘Mirror of Light’ — this link is to our new publishing house)