2022 YEARLONG BUDDHIST STUDIES

Led by Senior Buddhist Teacher, Writer, and Lecturer Ethan Nichtern

Mondays, January 24th - December 12th, 2022, 7-9pm ET

*You can join the full Yearlong Buddhist Studies program through March 28th, 2022.

REGISTER NOW FOR $1500

OR

4 MONTHLY PAYMENTS $375

Registration is open for Course 2: The Personal Becomes the Interpersonal - Finding the Bodhisattva Within

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IT'S TIME TO GO DEEPER.

Dharma Moon is delighted to host senior Buddhist teacher, writer, and lecturer Ethan Nichtern to offer a deep training in meditation, Buddhist philosophy and psychology, spanning the entire 2022 year. This program comprising five 8-week online courses is suited for students of all experience levels.

Designed to be highly practical (and occasionally geeky), this program will provide a comprehensive overview of the Buddhist path, with an emphasis on the psychological, metaphysical, and socially engaged elements, and will help you establish or reestablish a commitment to regular meditation practice through a variety of Buddhist techniques. 

This is a live, online program that will engage students in interactive learning and community. Students will also receive lifetime access to all session recordings.

This program serves as an excellent companion to Dharma Moon’s 100-hour Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training (current students & graduates) led by founder David Nichtern.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING:

“I could not speak more highly of this course and Ethan as a teacher! I came in as a complete beginner without a formal practice, so if anybody in the same boat now has doubts, don’t fret!”
“The online course allows this full time working mom to have access to the dharma and a sangha in a way that would be otherwise impossible. When the stars align and I can attend the live class, Ethan and his guests are engaging and interactive. The break out sessions are also insightful. Definitely worth investing the time and money.”
“This course changed my life in 2019. It opened so many things in my life and path…May it benefit many many people!”

“There can be little doubt that within the Nichtern clan, Ethan is the smartest, best trained, most socially relevant and most scholarly dharma teacher. He has also miraculously inherited the warmth and playfulness that are emblematic to the Dharma Moon brand. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to go deeper into the rich array of Buddhist teachings in an authentic yet accessible and contemporary setting. See you there!” 

David Nichtern
Founder & CEO Dharma Moon

FULL PROGRAM DETAILS:

Training consists of five 8-week courses (online via Zoom):

Mondays from 7-9pm ET

REGISTRATION & COST

 Full Program: $1500
Register for Full 40-Week Program through March 28, 2022

Advance registration for the full program includes valuable participation in working groups with direct check-ins by course leaders, written reflection assignments, access to a Slack discussion board with fellow students, and a certificate of completion for the course from Dharma Moon.

REGISTER NOW FOR $1500

OR

4 PAYMENTS OF $375

INDIVIDUAL COURSES

The full yearlong program is comprised of five 8-week online courses. Courses can be taken individually and are suited for students of all experience levels. Registering for individual courses excludes participation in working groups and other benefits indicated above, but students who choose this option will still have access to live talks and recordings.

Please email [email protected] with any registration or payment questions.

COURSE 1: ENTERING THE PATH

Mondays, January 24th – March 14th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

This course focuses on The Buddhist Path, The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, Karma and The Twelve Nidanas, Buddhist Teachings on the Self, and the Path of Conduct and Ethics.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

COURSE 2: THE PERSONAL BECOMES INTERPERSONAL - FINDING THE BODHISATTVA WITHIN

Mondays, April 4th - May 23rd, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

This course covers the all-important transition from a view of awakening that is internal and personal to one that is shared and interpersonal. We will focus on three major bodies of teachings from classic and contemporary Buddhism for making this transition. On the practice level, we focus on the brahmaviharas (the divine immeasurables) and take our understanding and experience of lovingkindness and other related meditations deeper.

On the philosophical/psychological level, we dive into the teachings of the Yogacara (Mind-Only) system, which describes how consciousness functions and projects. And on the level of social imagination, we deeply explore the 6 realms of confused existence, which describe how the mind creates realms of experience in relation to other minds.

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COURSE 3: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION - OVERCOMING SPIRITUAL BYPASSING ON THE MAHAYANA PATH

Mondays, June 13th – August 1st, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

This course focuses on the Bodhisattva Path. We will cover the meditation practice of Tonglen, The Four Great Vows of Zen, Four Styles of Idiot Compassion, Spiritual Bypassing, The Six Paramitas, and The Heart Sutra.

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COURSE 4: INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA - WISDOM IS ALREADY PRESENT

Mondays, August 22nd – October 10th, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

This course will begin a theoretical introduction to Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism, along with an experiential exploration of some of the basic practices associated with Buddhist Tantra. Founded on the strongly established aspirations of self-liberation and compassion for all beings (Courses 1-3), this course begins an exploration of the Tantric, or Vajrayana teachings as understood in the Indo-Tibetan and other schools of Buddhism.

Topics will include The Three Yanas, Nature of Mind meditation (Mahamudra and Dzogchen), Visualization as Meditation Practice, The Five Wisdom Energies, and an exploration of the often difficult topic of what it means to work with a “Guru” as opposed to other models of the student-teacher relationship.

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COURSE 5: WARRIOR IN THE WORLD - THE PATH OF COMPLETE ENGAGEMENT

Mondays, October 24th – December 12th, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

This course will survey modern topics applying Buddhist thought to a wide variety of issues. Topics include: The Mandala Principle in Everyday Life, Dharma Art, Buddhism and Western Psychology, Buddhism and Economics, Buddhism and Politics, Buddhism and Environmentalism, Buddhism and Racial Justice and more.

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ABOUT ETHAN

“[Ethan is] a supercool, deeply kind brainiac—imagine a very chilled-out blend of Pauls Auster and Rudd—who is also to-the-cushion born.”

–Sally Singer, Vogue.com

Ethan Nichtern is a Senior Buddhist teacher, author, and lecturer. For the past 19 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City, North America and Europe, along with working with students privately.

He was formerly on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and has lectured at Brown, Wesleyan, Yale, NYU, FIT, Antioch and other universities, and as well at many other meditation/yoga centers and conferences around the country and world.

Ethan is the author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path and his most recent book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships. He is also the author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence, and the Novella/poetry collection, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You.

He founded and served as executive director (2007-11) of the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts.

Ethan primarily studied in Shambhala and Tibetan traditions, as well as Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism. Ethan is an avid yoga practitioner. He served as Shastri, or Senior Teacher-In-Residence, for the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York from 2010-18.

In 2018, Ethan launched his podcast, The Road Home, available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Ethan has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, The New York Times, Vogue.com, Business Insider, Nautilus, and Vice to discuss Buddhism and meditation in the 21st Century. His articles have been featured on The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, and Reality Sandwich as well as other online publications.

COURSE READINGS:

There are recommended books for purchase for each course. Reading material is not included in the cost of the program.
Additional suggested readings and PDFs will be provided.

The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path by Ethan Nichtern

The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi 

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation by angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.

AccessToInsight.org– Website with collection of early Buddhist suttas (discourses) + Additional online articles from Tara Brach, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Gina Sharpe, and others, as well as various additional PDF readings.

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