YEARLONG BUDDHIST STUDIES COURSE — YEAR TWO

WITH ETHAN NICHTERN

 

Mondays, January 23rd – December 11th, 2023

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, Year 2 course modules can not be taken individually. 

In Year Two of the year long 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]

REGISTRATION 

Register for the Full 30-Week Program through December 11th, 2023

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.

REGISTER BEFORE DECEMBER 23RD, 2022 FOR AN EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT OF $250!
REGISTER FOR $1,245
(normally $1,495)

OR

4 PAYMENTS OF $312
(normally $375)

MODULE 1: THE SCIENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF BUDDHISM

COVERING BUDDHISM'S INTERACTION WITH NEUROSCIENCE AND WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY

Mondays, January 23rd – February 27th, 2023
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.

MODULE 2: INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY

THE FOUR TENET SYSTEMS AND THE PRACTICE OF CONTEMPLATION/ANALYSIS 

Mondays, March 20th – April 24th, 2023
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 15th – June 26th, 2023
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 11th – October 16th, 2023
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 6th – December 11th, 2023
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.

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, 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.

YEARLONG BUDDHIST STUDIES

TEACHING TEAM

MAHO KAWACHI

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. 

JASMINE LAMB

Jasmine is a seasoned entrepreneur, strategic marketing executive, and certified life coach, who has worked with scores of brands, artists, and creators. She is a student of Buddhist teacher David Nitchtern and became a Dharma Moon mindfulness meditation teacher following the completion of its Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification in 2020. Over the last 8+ years, she has worked with some of the tech industry's top executives & CEOs to help them navigate challenging times and turn their vision into reality. Through her unique, multidimensional coaching style, Jasmine helps her clients & students develop clarity, strength, and stability to achieve their life goals and build purpose-driven careers. Ultimately, all of Jasmine’s work is rooted in her belief that personal development and self-discovery are key to collective progression, liberation, and social change.

PANOS MAVROMATIS

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. 

JACKIE STEWART

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.

LOU SHARMA

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.

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