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.
Dr. Miles Neale is among the leading voices of the currentÊgeneration of Buddhist teachers and a forerunner in the emerging field of contemplative psychotherapy. He is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College and contributing expert on mindfulness meditation for the BBC World Service. Dr. NealeÕs approach to personal healing and transformation is informed by contemplative neuroscience, an integration ofÊIndo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology and meditative arts, depth psychotherapy and current neuroscience. His free podcasts and YouTube videos have reached thousands, expressing ancient Buddhist principals and practices in a modern, accessible and impassioned way. Dr. NealeÕs forthcoming book and audio course ÔGradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully HumanÕ (Sounds True, 2018) critiques modern materialism and explores the Tibetan Buddhist gradual path to awakening based on the art and neuroscience of visualization.