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Tibetan Buddhism: A Path of Becoming Fully Human

About the Course

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.

How do we hasten learning? This lecture introduces a foundational, pre-tantric meditation practice common to all forms of Tibetan Buddhism called role-modeling visualization. We will review the Six Preliminaries that structure a daily meditation practice and provide a psychological basis for the unique role mentor-archetypes and creative imagery play in spiritual development. We will experience how visualization serves as a virtual reality or organic flight simulator that quickens integration of the principals presented in the subsequent classes.
How do we skillfully let go? This lecture introduces the foundational principals of Tibetan Buddhism called the Four Mind Turnings. Reflecting deeply on the preciousness of human life, death and impermanence, causality and the defects of compulsive life facilitates a dramatic and necessary reorientation away from hedonic pursuits that never fully satisfy us and towards genuine spiritual liberation.
How do we maturely love? This lecture continues from the basis of self-care and personal liberation and pivots towards the development of universal compassion and social transformation. We will follow an ancient psychology called the Four-point Exchange of Self and Other that typify the heroic outlook and pro-social behavior of the Bodhisattva, determined to reorient his or her life not towards escaping from the world but towards greater altruism within it.
How do we wisely lead? This final lecture explores the view of interdependence that underlies the Buddhist activities of meditation, renunciation and altruism previously covered in the series. Consistent with findings from neuroscience and quantum physics, the Buddhist principal of emptiness is not a nihilistic black hole to be feared, but a pregnant womb of possibility in any given moment to discover that allows for creative engagement with the world. We will review different levels of understanding emptiness, it relationship with karmic causality, and how it empowers altruistic leadership.

Students who take this course will:

  • Learn the basic structure and science for role-modeling visualization.
  • Learn why visualization might be the most effective and comprehensive system of meditation available.
  • Discover a new, more scientific interpretation of karma.
  • Break engrained personal habits that restrict your evolution.
  • Cultivate wise compassion that protects your mind and brain from toxic social stress.
  • Learn how to use interpersonal adversity to your advantage.
  • Explore interdependence and the relationship between emptiness and karma.
  • Avoid the extremes of religious dogma devoid of reason and scientism devoid of spirit.
  • Challenge materialistic cultural assumptions that human beings are here merely to gain dominion over matter, maximize profit, and pursue hedonic pleasures.
  • Discover greater meaning and purpose to your precious human life.

About Miles Neale

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.

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