YEARLONG BUDDHIST STUDIES COURSE — YEAR TWO
WITH ETHAN NICHTERN, PANOS MAVROMATIS AND JACKIE STEWART
Mondays, January 22nd – December 9th, 2024
from 7:00pm – 9:00pm ET
Dharma Moon is delighted to now offer a continuation of our Yearlong Buddhist Studies program with a Year Two series.
This program comprises five 6-week online courses and is reserved for students who have completed the Year 1 of the Yearlong Buddhist Studies course.
Unlike the YLBS Year 1 series, most of the Year 2 course modules can not be taken individually.
In Year Two of the Yearlong Buddhist Studies Program, we take a deeper dive into some of the personal, interpersonal, and collective teachings of Buddhism with an eye towards deepening our conceptual understanding alongside investment in new meditative and contemplative practices.
We also go deeper with a committed group of sangha friends as a cohort, an experience of supporting each other’s path and progress that can’t be replicated by isolated self-study.
Arranged as 30 weeks in five 6-weeks segments, Year Two begins with a look into Buddhism as a psychological and scientific system, alongside an exploration of how Buddhism is in deep conversation with western neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology.
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.
FULL PROGRAM DETAILS:
Training consists of five 6-week courses (online via Zoom):
Mondays from 7 – 9pm ET
The prerequisite for the Yearlong Buddhist Studies Year Two course is Yearlong Buddhist Studies Year One course. However, if you feel qualified to take Year Two please email your inquiry to [email protected].
Register for the Program by December 22nd, 2023 & Save $250!
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 discussion board with fellow students, and a certificate of completion for the course from Dharma Moon.
*We now offer Afterpay with the single payment option below, which allows you to pay for this course with up to a 12 month payment plan.
MODULE 1: THE SCIENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF BUDDHISM
COVERING BUDDHISM'S INTERACTION WITH NEUROSCIENCE AND WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY
Mondays, January 22nd – February 26th, 2024
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET
In the first course module, we will use Rick Hansen's wonderful text “Buddha’s Brain,” to begin to explore the science behind our karma, and how an understanding of Western concepts can deepen our own self-compassion and mindfulness practices.REGISTER FOR MODULE 1
MODULE 2: INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
THE FOUR TENET SYSTEMS AND THE PRACTICE OF CONTEMPLATION/ANALYSIS
Mondays, March 18th – April 22nd, 2024
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET
In the second course module, we get philosophical. Using the four different tenet systems of classic Buddhist philosophy (The Atomistic School, The Sutra School, The Mind-Only School, and The Middle-Way School) we learn to decode our long-existing ideas of self, perception, and the universe, giving us a much better sense of the teachings on “Right View,” which are the very bones of Buddhist practice.
MODULE 3: THE PRACTICE OF LOJONG MIND TRAINING
THE 59 SLOGANS OF LOJONG AND THE PRACTICE OF TONGLEN
Mondays, May 13th – June 17th, 2024
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET
In the third course module, we go deeper into the bodhisattva path of compassion via study and contemplation of the 59 slogans of Lojong which greatly enrich the practice of compassion meditation (tonglen).
MODULE 4: THE NATURE OF MIND
MAHAMUDRA AND WINDHORSE
Mondays, September 9th – October 14th, 2024
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET
In the fourth course module, we examine the tantric teachings on the nature of mind that come from the Mahamudra tradition alongside the practice of Rousing Bodhicitta or “Windhorse'' to enrich our understanding of the experience of ever-present wisdom and learning to “live in awareness.” Mahamudra is a classical tradition of tantric Buddhism which teaches us to rest within the awakened mind which we already possess. Windhorse is a self-existing, primordial energy we can tap into. It’s the energy of our emotions that can be harnessed and ridden, just like a horse, rather than knocking us off our seat and undercutting our ability to show up to life. When we can tap into these energies, we are able to move through obstacles and challenges in a more resourced and resilient way.
MODULE 5: WHAT'S THE DHARMA TO ME?
APPLIED AND ENGAGED BUDDHISM
Mondays, November 4th – December 9th, 2024
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET
In the fifth and final course module, we take the approach that the teachings begin to fully integrate into our systems when we as students begin to activate our own wisdom. We do this in a guided manner by pursuing further study of a topic of either classic, modern, or applied dharma with the help of a faculty member, which you’ll then present to the larger sangha to complete the YLBS program. By the end of this year, you’ll have a broader, deeper and more integrated understanding of Buddhist practice and philosophy than the vast majority of modern mindfulness practitioners, and these teachings will be brought to life in practical ways that benefit you and others, regardless of whether or not you pursue further dharma study.
“[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, Spotify and wherever you listen to podcasts.
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.
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Jackie is a meditation teacher and mindfulness advisor based in NYC. She is currently a student of Mingyur Rinpoche, and serves as a practice leader in his international community, Tergar. Jackie has an MA from NYU’s school of Culture, Education, and Human Development, with a professional background in the film and TV industries. She is a mother and wife, and has found the practice of meditation an invaluable tool to parenting (and partnering) with awareness and compassion.
Panos has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for the past sixteen years. He is a certified Dharma Moon and Tibet House meditation instructor, and joined the Dharma Moon teaching team in 2021. He has been teaching and researching music theory and the psychology of music at New York University since 2003, where he directed the music theory program until 2021. In addition to music, Panos holds degrees in math and physics and enjoys exploring connections between Buddhism and Western science.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Maho first encountered meditation and Buddhism in downtown Manhattan in 2000. She became an avid practitioner in 2008 and has over a decade of experience, practice, training, and certification credentials including completion of the Interdependence Project Teachers Training, Mindful Meditation Teachers Certified Program, and Mindful Mentor Training. She has trained with and under many influential teachers, including Ethan Nichtern, Jack Kornfield, and Tara Brach, and was fortunate to meet with HH the Dalai Lama in 2017.
Lou Sharma has practiced meditation for over a decade, and has studied Dharma within Tibetan Buddhist traditions since 2016. In 2021, she completed Dharma Moon's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training. Lou is interested in the ways mindfulness can empower more compassionate cultures of work, inspired by 10+ years of experience as a corporate researcher and brand strategist.