How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) (1CR)

What does the Buddhist tradition teach us about self-love? Join celebrated author Lodro Rinzler as he takes us on a journey exploring the practical teachings of Buddhism and how these teachings help usher in a new way of relating to ourselves and other people. 

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • practical tools to begin loving yourself wisely. 
  • personal anecdotes that ground the philosophical teachings of Buddhism in a practical way. 
  • some of the key Buddhist teachings, including mindfulness and the 4 noble truths.
  • Buddhist concepts, terms, and insights.
  • INCLUDES: short meditation practice.
 

How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People)
with LODRO RINZLER

Most of us think that love is something out there - something to be attained - yet the Buddha taught that underneath our layers of self-doubt and criticism is peace and love within each of us. Join best-selling author and Shambhala Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler for an exploration of how meditation is the tool that allows us to access more love in our lives, first for ourselves and then in our dating life, long-term relationships, sex lives, and even in heartbreak. Lodro maps the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism to the way we consider relationships and highlights how the Four Limitless Qualities give us the energy to love more fully on and off the meditation cushion.

A Little About Lodro Rinzler...

Lodro Rinzler is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the author of five books on meditation including the best-selling “The Buddha Walks into a Bar…" and the award-winning books “Walk Like a Buddha” and “The Buddha Walks into the Office…” Over the last sixteen years he has spoken at meditation centers, businesses, college campuses, and locations as diverse as Google, Harvard University, and the White House. Lodro’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. In addition to serving as the Chief Spiritual Officer of M N D F L, NYC's premier drop-in meditation studio, Lodro is the founder of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership. lodrorinzler.com

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.0 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 60 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“Lodro's talk was informative and practical. Thank you.”   Jean

“I have been a fan of Lodro's for a long time and was so happy to see him included in this conference. The talk was great." - Laura

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Standing for Love: Courage and the Generous Heart (1.5CR)

What is it to live with courage from a contemporary Buddhist perspective? Joshua Bee Alafia discusses how we can be courageous while maintaining a generous heart. 

PREVIEW: "A sense of love as connected to the inter-being we are cultivating through practice.

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • how to cultivate courage.
  • how to cultivate a generous heart. 
  • key Buddhist concepts, terms, and insights.
  • strategies for coping with fear.
 

Standing for Love: Courage and the Generous Heart
with JOSHUA BEE ALAFIA

In these times of mass incarceration, police violence, institutional racism, homophobia, xenophobia, extremist politics, and on and on, how do we stand for Love and have the courage to maintain a generous heart?  Love that is fortified with the awakening of the sense of inter-being that brings all of us together.  This loving sense of unity.  Oneness.  How do we resist the mainstream's push to divide with extreme aversion and consume to fill the void of separation? 

Exploring the Buddhist practice of Metta and discussing Virya (energy), Saddha (trust) and Bhavana (cultivation, meditation), this talk follows the journey of the heart in its quest to be authentic, bold and generous.

A Little about Joshua Bee Alafia...

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Joshua Bee Alafia graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1995 with a BA in Theatre Arts/Film. He currently is a filmmaker and has worked as a teaching artist teaching film, capoeira, tai chi and teaches mindfulness practice through the Lineage Project. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He currently teaches at New York Insight Meditation Center, MNDFL and leads the Brooklyn People of Color and Allies Meditation bimonthly sit every 2nd and 4th Monday at the Brooklyn Zen Center.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.5 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 90 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“Interesting perspective on courage from a modern-day Buddhist meditation practitioner and teacher." - Travis

“Thanks, Joshua, for an eye-opening talk." - Gina

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Touching the Earth: The Neuroscience of Natural Awakening (1.25CR)

What is the relationship between Buddhist practice, neuroscience, our embodiment and the Earth? Inspiring and thought-provoking meditation teacher Ralph De La Rosa explores some of the modern neuroscience research and what it illuminates about our experience connecting to our home.

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • some stories about the historical Buddha.
  • cutting edge research in the area of neuroscience and how it relates to meditation practice.
  • key Buddhist concepts, terms, and insights.
  • INCLUDES: meditation practices.
 

Touching the Earth: The Neuroscience of Natural Awakening
with RALPH DE LA ROSA

The Buddha taught that truth and liberation are to be found not in complex philosophies, but rather in our bodies, each other, and in the natural world around us. More recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience have not only confirmed this truth, but have helped further the conversation. In this talk, we will explore the origin story of the Buddha's enlightenment, the implications it contains for our own personal journeys, and what neuroscience has to say in concert about the unfolding process of our own conscious evolution. We will also explore techniques for bringing these theories into direct experience through meditation.

A Little about Ralph De La Rosa...

Ralph De La Rosa is a heart centered psychotherapist, meditation instructor, writer, and transformative life coach. In 2008, he founded Rebel Heart Meditation, a weekly class that blends meditation, psychology, and neuroscience, to form discussion about the transformative potential of our messy modern lives. Ralph also teaches at MNDFL, NYC's premier drop-in meditation studio, and with Susan Piver's online community, the Open Heart Project.

His work has appeared in Elephant Journal, GQ, Women's Health, Wanderlust, TimeOut NY, AFAR Magazine, New York Yoga + Life Magazine, and Refinery 29.

Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 within the bhakti yoga tradition and became a student of Amma (Mata Amritananda Mayi) in 2000. He began studying Buddhism in 2005 and holds vows within the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.

Ralph currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his two cats, Emma Goldman and Henry.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“Ralph's insightful and heartfelt teachings have really captivated and inspired me in my practice.”   Ginger

“I really appreciate Ralph's attempts at integrating modern neuroscience into discussions about Buddhist philosophy. Very refreshing." - Carlos

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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The Third Wave of Contemplative Life: Embodied Art & Science of the Tantras (1.25CR)

What are the three waves of contemplative life and how do they relate to each other? What do the Buddhist Tantras teach us about our own embodiment? Join Dr. Joe Loizzo as he takes us on a profound educational journey into some of the history of Buddhist practice and some of the most exciting research around meditation. 

PREVIEW: "What are the 3 Buddhist Waves of Culture?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • the history of Buddhist practice in the West.
  • what are the three streams of Buddhist practice and how they relate to each other.
  • the latest research in meditation.
  • key Buddhist concepts, terms, and insights.
  • cutting edge scholarship on the Buddhist lineages.
 

"The Third Wave of Contemplative Life: Embodied Art & Sciecne of the Tantras"
with DR. JOE LOIZZO

In the midst of the mindfulness revolution and on the cusp of the new age of loving kindness, many who encounter the colorful imagery, prayerful chanting, and ritualized breath-work of the Hindu and Buddhist Tantras find themselves challenged. Given the rich symbolism and complexity of these practices, they often strike us as too busy for meditation, or too religious for today. In this discussion, contemplative psychiatrist and Nalanda Institute Director Dr. Joe Loizzo explores some of the recent breakthroughs in neuroscience that help explain how these practices work, and why they may become the most popular forms of meditation in our age. Dr. Loizzo will also share his clinical research on these methods, and link them to recent work on the mirror neuron empathy system and the vagal nerve social engagement system. And he will explore the evidence that positive imagery, soothing vocalization, and intensive breathing may have deeper, quicker, and more powerful effects on the brain than seemingly more "meditative" techniques. Finally, Dr. Loizzo will address how such practices might protect our minds and brains from the barrage of digital messages and multi-tasking demands we face today, and speed the global spread of empathy and prosocial engagement on which our future depends.

A Little about Dr. Joe Loizzo...

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that helps people build sustainable happiness, compassion, and leadership through integrating science-based contemplative skills into their daily lives.

On faculty at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, Dr. Loizzo lectures widely on the role of meditative learning in the future of heath, education, and leadership, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at his Nalanda Institute, and Tibet House US. In 2007, he published Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Chandrakirti’s Commentary, a translation study of contemplative self-analysis in Buddhism. His second book, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration, appeared in the Routledge Behavioral Science Series in 2012. He has published dozens of chapters and articles on contemplative science in peer reviewed books and journals including The Journal of Religion, the Annual Review of Psychiatry, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Loizzo has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Gerardine, and their sons Maitreya and Ananda.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“The research of Joe and other Buddhist scholars is evolving our understanding of meditation and it's benefits.”   George

“Joe is a captivating teacher. I learned so much from this talk. His distinction between three waves of contemplative practice really clarified things for me." - Jenn

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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An Integrated Awakening: From Separation to Seamless Reality (1.5CR)

PREVIEW: "What do we turn the mind to?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • basic Buddhist philosophy and dharma.
  • Buddhist terminology and practices.
  • what to turn the mind to instead of our habitual modes of thinking and acting.
  • how to begin integrating one's sense of separation into the larger interconnectedness.
  • PRACTICE: short meditation.
 

"An Integrated Awakening: from Separation to Seamless Reality"
with Thanissara

Through 2,600 years of geographical and cultural adaptations, the heart of the Buddha’s message still remains relevant for our times. This is because it points to timeless truths, the primacy of mind as a force for good or ill, and the deeper nature of mind as indivisible and timeless consciousness. Realization of the unchanging nature of mind alleviates many of our fears, and puts the challenges  of life into perspective. However, this doesn’t preclude us from engaging a world on fire, which urgently calls for our attention. This is done through training as a Bodhisattva, one who serves the Dharma, sentient beings, and the Earth, through embodied, compassionate activity.

This talk will explore core Buddhist practices of ethics, mindfulness, wise understanding, and the transformation of suffering through compassion and authenticity.

A Little about Thanissara...

Thanissara is Anglo-Irish, and originally from London. She trained in the Burmese school of U Ba Khin in the late 1970’s, and went on to ordain as a nun in the Thai Forest school of Ajahn Chah for 12 years. She left the monastery in 1991, married, and together with her husband and teaching partner Kittisaro, established Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Center in South Africa. She helped fund raise for, and guide several HIV/Aids response projects in rural KwaZulu Natal. She has taught numerous meditation retreats internationally, and has an MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy. She is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock, CA. She is author of several poetry books, co-author with Kittisaro of Listening to the Heart, and author of Time To Stand Up, An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth. She currently lives in the Bay area, CA.


The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“This talk "Awakening from Separation" given by Thanissara impacted me deeply”   Richard

“Thanissara's clear and thoughtful approach to the dharma was just what I needed to hear. Thank you.” – Jen

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Our Pristine Mind (1CR)

What is the true nature of our mind? Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche says it is brilliant, clear, and joyful. Join Rinpoche as he explains how we access "our pristine mind".

PREVIEW: "What is Compassion?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • what are the true qualities of the mind. 
  • how to start cultivating a pristine mind. 
  • practical tools to applying Buddhist philosophy to modern life. 
  • key Buddhist concepts, terms, and insights.
 

Our Pristine Mind
with ORGYEN CHOWANG RINPOCHE

The true nature of our mind is brilliant, clear, and joyful. But we don't experience this reality amid the swirl of stresses, thoughts, and emotions of day-to-day life. This talk will offer practical suggestions on uncovering our naturally comfortable state of mind and reconnecting with the unconditional happiness that is already within us. Using straightforward, accessible language, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche discusses the path of Pristine Mind meditation, a practice from the profound teachings known as Dzogchen. This path is a realistic, natural process that can be practiced and experienced by anyone. 

A Little about Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche...

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition, has a passion for presenting teachings in a practical and experiential way for modern audiences. His primary teacher was Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the last century. A long-time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is the author of Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness, and the founder and spiritual director of Pristine Mind Foundation.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.0 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 60 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“Rinpoche is a clear and practical teacher. His traditional training translates well to contemporary life.”   Mason

“This talk is a great practical guide to Buddhist philosophy and practice." - Jenn

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Honey on a Razorblade : Desire as a Path of Practice (1CR)

Desire is often spoken about in Buddhist practice as an obstacle to happiness and the root of suffering. Adreanna approaches the topic of desire from a different perspective, looking at how we can actually use our desire as a path to deeper practice.

PREVIEW: "How do we become a student of desire?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • how to use desire as a path to practice.
  • the 4 Noble Truths and how they relate to our modern lives.
  • personal anecdotes and stories to help ground these philosophical teachings.
  • key Buddhist concepts, terms, and insights.
  • INSIDE: meditation practices.
 

Honey on a Razorblade : Desire as a Path of Practice
with ADREANNA LIMBACH

In traditional Buddhist texts, desire and craving have a pretty bad reputation. In the best case scenario, desire is spoken about as one of our greatest obstacles to freedom. In the worst case scenario, desire is painted as the root of all of our suffering. Which makes it easy to understand why we might misinterpret desire as something that needs to be sanitized or suppressed. That ridding ourselves of wanting is the “Buddhist” thing to do. But what if playing with -and participating in- our desires was the path of practice itself?

In this talk we’ll tease out the traditional Buddhist view of desire and craving, examine how desire plays into our personal relationships and society at large, and take a fresh view on how understanding and integrating our appetite for more can inform, and inspire our practice.

A Little about Adreanna Limbach...

Adreanna's first encounter with Buddhism was in a high school philosophy class where the discourses on The Heart Sutra rocked her worldview in an uncomfortable and exhilarating way.

Following a decade of flirtation with meditation, she found her home atThe Interdependence Project in NYC, where she completed their year-long training immersion, and continues to study, practice and teach alongside those who inspire her path. 

She’s taught meditation as a practical tool for clarity and resilience to corporate offices, middle school students, and served as a lead coordinator of the Meditation Working Group at Occupy Wall Street, bringing daily practice to the volunteers at Zuccotti Park in 2011. 

You can find her teaching regularly at MNDFL, New York City’s premier drop in meditation studio located in the heart and hustle of Greenwich Village. 

When she's not on the cushion, Adreanna serves as an Executive Coach at The Institute for Compassionate Leadership, a Student Coach at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and catalyzes women to rally their resources so that they can find more freedom in business + life in her private practice. 

Come say Hello to her and download resources at AdreannaLimbach.com

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.0 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 60 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“This was such an interesting exploration and reappropriation of the notion of desire, a notion that has traditionally not been well liked by the Buddhist tradition.”   Richard

“Adreanna's talk on desire was excellent." - Fara

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Beyond McMindfulness (1.25CR)

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Are you practicing mindfulness or "mcmindfulness"? Dr. Miles Neale explores the differences between an ancient contemplative practice and the commodified version we are seeing centerstage in modern culture.

PREVIEW: "What is McMindfulness?"

In this workshop, you'll learn...

  • the difference between an ancient "mindfulness" practice and the contemporary "mcmindfulness" practice. 
  • tools to discern between the former and the latter. 
  • the historical development that brought us to the range of mindfulness practices we have today. 
  • some of the basic tenets of Buddhist philosophy and teachings.
 

"Beyond McMindfulness"
with DR. MILES NEALE

Mindfulness meditation has entered mainstream American culture. While secular versions of the practice offer well researched health benefits for a wide variety of conditions, there is also a backlash against the potential dilution, commodification, and mass-marketing of mindfulness as a panacea. In this talk Dr. Miles Neale offers his critique of mcmindfulness and explores the clinical application, underlying psychological mechanisms and efficacy of secular mindfulness. He contrasts these two approaches with the way mindfulness is used traditionally in Buddhist psychology where it is combined with ethical lifestyle and a quantum view of reality for the purpose of conscious evolution and awakening.

A Little about Dr. Miles Neale...

Miles Neale 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. Miles earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has spent twenty years studying Buddhism under American Buddhist scholars Joe Loizzo and Robert Thurman as well as Tibetan masters Gelek Rimpoche and Lama Zopa. Dr. Neale’s approach to personal healing and transformation isinformed by contemplative neuroscience, an eclectic hybrid of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology and meditative arts, depth psychotherapy, and the current neuroscience of trauma resilience.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“Dr. Miles Neale's provocative talk was eye-opening and educational.”   Terrence

“I don't think I've heard anyone talk so bluntly about the commodification of Buddhist mindfulness. It's an important conversation for us practitioners to be having.” – Gina

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Dr. Miles Neale's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the teachings of Buddhism. Save 50% by purchasing all ten videos today. 
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Mindful Consumption and Sobriety: The 5th Precept as a Practice in Generosity of Spirit (1.5CR)

How does sobriety affect and contribute to our meditation and mindfulness practice? What can this experiment do for our capacity to be present? Join Sydney Faith Rose as she explores the status of mindful consumption and sobriety in Buddhist practice.

PREVIEW: "How to Look the Destructive Forces of Humanity in the Eye"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • about the 5th precept. 
  • how to utilize sobriety as an enriching aspect of meditation practice. 
  • key Buddhist concepts, terms, and insights.
  • INCLUDED: meditation practice.
 

Mindful Consumption and Sobriety: The 5th Precept as a Practice in Generosity of Spirit
with SYDNEY ROSE

As Buddhist practitioners, we work towards the realization of a peacefulness tha's always available and cultivated from within. The Buddha talks about this as the "happiness associated with letting go of fruitless quests." We start our meditations by closing our eyes or lowering our gaze, physically bringing our attention inwards. Symbolically, we're also letting go of constant stimulation by the world that acts on us from the outside, impacting our mood and nervous systems.

In modern society, it makes sense that many of us feel reactive when we talk about sobriety. It's common in our culture to hold associations with sacrifice and substance use that feel heavy or shaming. Believe it or not, the Buddhist texts saw renunciation of intoxication as an opportunity for deep, sustaining joy. They introduce ethical practices as opportunities to offer freedom to all living beings and consider them to be subversive, going against the grain. In this lecture, we'll explore the possibilities for abundant mind states and societal transformation that can we can open to through conscious engagement with the 5th precept.

A Little About Sydney Faith Rose...

Sydney Faith Rose is a lifelong meditator, Holistic Health Coach and yoga instructor, who trained in the year-long meditation instructor and Secular Buddhist Program at The Interdependence Project. Sydney holds a B.A. in psychology from The New School and has participated in advanced training to teach trauma-informed yoga and meditation as well as being trained in evidence-based treatment practices for working with youth around issues of substance misuse and mental health. She spent 6 weeks in continuous meditative practice at Insight Meditation Society and knows the power of insight practice first-hand. 

Over the past 6 years, Sydney has taught meditation and yoga -- as well as building and supporting wellness initiatives -- at large universities, in corporate offices and at small non-profits in and around NYC and across the United States.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.5 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 90 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“Interesting discussion about how sobriety can expand our practice.”   Meredith

“Sydney takes us on an interesting journey into an often-overlooked precept from the Buddhist tradition." - Michael

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (1CR)

"What does Buddhist dharma have to do with race, love and liberation?" A lot, according to Reverend angel Kyodo Williams. Check out this incredible and timely talk about how to address issues of race through the lens of Buddhist wisdom.

PREVIEW: "What happens when you have a construct of identity?

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • how to approach issues of race through a Buddhist lens.
  • some of the basic tenets of Buddhist dharma.
  • skills to help alleviate anxiety and hopelessness.
  • key Buddhist terms and insights.
 

"Radical Dharma: On Race, Love and Liberation"
with REV. ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS

Thrust into the Western socioeconomic framework that puts profit above all, coupled with a desire to perpetuate institutional existence, the Dharma has become beholden to commodification as inescapable and de rigueur. Radical Dharma is one that insists we investigate not only the unsatisfactoriness of our own minds but also prepares us for the discomfort of confronting the obscurations of the society we are individual expressions of.

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, is a catalyst to initiate a long-overdue conversation: How do we have conversations about social transformation while facing the truths of racism and privilege on and of the cushion? It is an invitation to look at how the legacy of racial injustice plays out in our Buddhist communities. We are called upon to dig deeper to discover the radical dharma that truly makes room for the liberation of all.

With national attention focused on the recent killings of unarmed black citizens and the response of the Black-centered liberation groups such as Black Lives Matter, Radical Dharma demonstrates how social transformation and personal, spiritual liberation must be articulated and are inextricably linked.

In this talk Rev. angel will share her experience while exploring how the teachings that transcend color, class, and sexual orientation have been hindered by discrimination and the dynamics of power, shame, and ignorance.

A Little about Rev. angel Kyodo Williams...

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield.

Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, the second black woman recognized as a teacher in her lineage. She is a social visionary that applies wisdom teachings and practice to social issues. She sees Transformative Social Change as America’s next great movement.  She is an early shaper and leading voice in that work and coined the name for the field. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  For over 15 years, she has deeply invested her time and energy to putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic.

Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. Her work has been widely covered by such publications as New York TimesBoston GlobeMs., Essence, BuddhadharmaVillage Voice, and on the Oxygen Channel. angel notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1 Embodied Philosophy Credit will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 60 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“angel Kyodo Williams is a much-needed voice in the Buddhist community. Thank you for honoring diversity in this group of teachers.”   Lynn

“Such an important and timely talk by one of the most unique voices in Buddhism today." - Jacob

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Transcendent Urges: Brilliant Anxiety in the Yoga Sutras (1.5CR)

What do the Yoga Sutras have to say to a period plagued by individual, social and political anxiety? Independent scholar Matthew Remski discusses how the teachings of the Sutras are relevant today. 

PREVIEW: "What's the role of moksha in a scientific society?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • fresh and unique perspectives on the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras.
  • how to understand the Sutras as a therapeutic text is a misunderstanding of its original intention.
  • how to interpret certain sutras from a contemporary perspective.
 

"Transcendent Urges: Brilliant Anxiety in the Yoga Sutras"
with MATTHEW REMSKI

The Yoga Sutras is not a therapeutic text. It doesn't direct yogis to become more resilient, better adjusted, or more integrated. It has no interest in positive self-regard, body image issues, holistic health care, or combatting internalized oppression. In short: virtually none of the values of global yoga culture -- immersed as it is in liberal humanism and scientific materialism -- are to be found amongst its stark aphorisms. It's not about the nurturance of the changing, adaptive self. It's about the complete deconstruction of a self that thinks it's a changing thing. The method is a meditative suicide in which thought, action, and the endless subject-object dialogue comes to a complete stop, releasing the eternal principle of observatory consciousness. 

More than a century of evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, and consciousness studies have all but eliminated Patanjali's hard dualism of matter and spirit from the landscape of working philosophy. So what exactly is so appealing about these instructions from the Iron Age? Do they push back against the superficiality and privilege of the self-improvement project? Do they offer an alternative to the endless gunic cycle of consumer capitalism? Do they remind us that all of the therapy in the world cannot solve the problem of being an individual who will die? 

Sutra 2:40 states that the virtue of physical cleanliness is valuable insofar as it shows the yogi that her body and the bodies of others are disgusting. In my 2012 psycho-social commentary on the Sutras, I held this verse up as a prime example of the text's incompatibility with contemporary yoga aspirations. Here I offer a different idea: that to a culture obsessed with adaptation and advancement, the Yoga Sutras returns our focus to a more primal anxiety. It offers a radiant meditation on despair, and perhaps a way to see the transcendent urge as a therapeutic necessity.

A Little about Matthew...

Matthew Remski has been practicing meditation since 1996 and asana since 2000. He’s taught yoga, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda in Toronto and beyond since 2005. He maintains an active Ayurveda consultation practice from his home, which he shares with his partner Alix, and their son Jacob. He’s authored several books on yoga and related subjects, and is working towards completing What Are We Actually Doing in Asana? — an examination of pain, injury, and healing in modern yoga. His blog hosts an average of 20K readers per month: http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.5 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 90 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

Matthew is one of the most original and innovative thinkers in discussions around yoga philosophy.”   Jacob

“Matthew's talk was profoundly thought-provoking and original.” – Sarah

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Yoga: Religion or Spirituality? (1.25CR)

Is yoga a religion or a spiritual practice? What is the difference between yoga and spirituality? Join celebrated asana and yoga philosophy teacher, Raghunath, as he takes us on an entertaining and illuminating journey into some of the key teachings of yoga philosophy.

PREVIEW: "Truth is Everywhere"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • what it means for yoga to be a spiritual practice.
  • real life examples about how to apply these ancient teachings to modern life.
  • wisdom from the Gita and Sutras.
  • key Sanskrit concepts from yoga philosophy.
 

"Yoga: Religion or Spirituality?" 
with RAGHUNATH

In this Sanskrit Studies & Luminous Soul session, Manorama shares how both the Yoga Sutra & the Bhagavad Gita are revealed texts. She shares in-depth teachings around select sutras from the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. She then threads through how the Bhagavad Gita though different in Sanskrit structure similarly offers the student of yoga guidance on how to stay connected with the light of God through all experiences.

A LITTLE ABOUT RAGHUNATH...

Raghunath (born Ray Cappo) was a Lower East Side hardcore/punk singer-songwriter icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity and intoxication, he was an anomaly and a light propounding clean living, positive attitude and vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally. Since his youth, he was fascinated with Eastern thought, taking his inspiration from Emerson, Ghandi, Thoreau, the Buddhist Sutras, the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mitra as well as Shivananda Yoga. The pettiness of the business of music and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988, where he dove deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India.

He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for six years, where he intensely studied, meditated and lived the ancient yogic texts. In 1991, in the sacred village of Vrindavan he was awarded the name Raghunath and two years later in that same holy town awarded diksha, or the sacred thread, for his study. Now, 23 years later, he's an accomplished yogi in many styles, married with four children. He leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings especially in Los Angeles and New York City. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world. He is an inspirational force in the community by living yoga and taking the esoterica of yoga philosophy and making it practical and understandable in contemporary life.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“Raghunath is a passionate and charismatic teacher who spoon feeds the dharma with joy and laughter.”   James

“Raghunath's talk was super engaging and made me think about things in totally different way.” – Gina

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Aversion vs. Connection: the Goal of Yoga and its Evolution (1CR)

What has the Tantrik tradition contributed to our understanding of yoga? Join renowned Sanskrit and yoga philosophy teacher, Christopher Tompkins, as he discusses the key difference between classical yoga and Tantrik yoga.

PREVIEW: “What does Tantra have to say about Renunciation?”

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • recent research into the Tantrik texts of Kashmir.
  • the difference between classical and Tantrik yoga.
  • what the Tantrik practices were all about.
  • how to start seeing the importance of Tantrik teachings for your own practice and sadhana.
 

"Aversion vs. Connection: the Goal of Yoga and its Evolution" 
with Tantrik Scholar CHRISTOPHER TOMPKINS

In this Sanskrit Studies & Luminous Soul session, Manorama shares how both the Yoga Sutra & the Bhagavad Gita are revealed texts. She shares in-depth teachings around select sutras from the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. She then threads through how the Bhagavad Gita though different in Sanskrit structure similarly offers the student of yoga guidance on how to stay connected with the light of God through all experiences.

A LITTLE ABOUT CHRISTOPHER...

I am a Yoga practitioner and Sanskrit scholar specializing in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism.  My research focuses in particular on the ritualized practices of ‘Hatha’ Yoga as originally presented in the earliest surviving (un-translated) Tantras which pre-date the later ‘Hatha Yoga’ manuals by centuries.  I hold advanced degrees in Religion and Sanskrit and present internationally on the history, practice, and philosophy of Yoga.In 2012, I founded the ‘Kashmir Shaivism Preservation Project,’ which seeks to preserve and to freely share the literary legacy of Kashmir Shaivism, To date I have acquired over 24,000 pages of manuscripts, most of which have never been seen in the west, that span the vast subject range of Philosophy, Ritual, and Yoga representing the medieval Tantric tradition.

Your investment for this masterclass is $15. (Audio Only) 
1.0 Embodied Philosophy Credit will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about an hour. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

This was one of the most interesting talks on yoga philosophy I've ever heard.”   George

“I didn't understand what the Tantrik tradition was truly about until this talk.” – Lauren

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Christopher's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the Sutras and Gita. Save 50% by purchasing all eleven videos today. 
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Arjuna and Climate Change: a Thought Experiment Inspired by the Bhagavad Gita (1.75CR)

What can we learn about climate change through the lens of the Gita?  Independent scholar Matthew Remski takes us on an innovative journey into the teachings of the Gita as they relate to the pressing topics of climate change. 

PREVIEW: "How is Action relevant to Spiritual Life?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • key concepts from the Gita and how they relate to climate change.
  • how to deepen your connection to contemporary issues through an ancient yogic text. 
  • the ideas of action and duty in the Gita and the nuanced ways in which they can be understood. 
 

"Arjuna and Climate Change: a Thought Experiment Inspired by the Bhagavad Gita"
with MATTHEW REMSKI

A yogi stands on the battlefield of an impending conflict. He can see in the faces of his compatriots and rivals the inevitable history that's brought them there. He can see that friends and villains alike need care, support, resources, and autonomy. He knows the earth cannot provide for every desire and that civilization groans under the weight of its own expansion. He knows there will be mass chaos and too many deaths to count. What should he do? How can he help?

We're talking about Arjuna at Kurukshetra, pleading to Krishna for advice. But we might as well be talking about our own lives on the precipice of climate disaster. What does the Gita have to say about taking action in times of critical uncertainty? How can knowledge and service be supported by longing and devotion? How can robust personal action lead away from pride, and into an understanding of interdependence? 

In this presentation, we'll look at two modern-day Arjunas on the battlefield of climate change. They may not be devotees of Krishna, but each in their way, they face the perennial dilemmas of the Gita with uncompromising grace.

A LITTLE ABOUT MATTHEW...

Matthew Remski has been practicing meditation since 1996 and asana since 2000. He’s taught yoga, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda in Toronto and beyond since 2005. He maintains an active Ayurveda consultation practice from his home, which he shares with his partner Alix, and their son Jacob. He’s authored several books on yoga and related subjects, and is working towards completing What Are We Actually Doing in Asana? — an examination of pain, injury, and healing in modern yoga. His blog hosts an average of 20K readers per month: http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.75 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about an hour and 45 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

It was excellent to see yoga philosophy applied to a contemporary issue like climate change.”   Jen

“Matthew is an intelligent and eloquent teacher, and in this talk he offered a lot of fascinating things to think about. I'm looking forward to watching this talk again." - Rachel

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Matthew's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the Sutras and Gita. Save 50% by purchasing all eleven videos today. 
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The Rishis' Wisdom: Yoga Sutra & Bhagavad Gita (1.25CR)

"The Rishis' Wisdom: Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita" 
with renowned Sanskrit Teacher, Manorama

In this Sanskrit Studies & Luminous Soul session, Manorama shares how both the Yoga Sutra & the Bhagavad Gita are revealed texts. She shares in-depth teachings around select sutras from the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. She then threads through how the Bhagavad Gita though different in Sanskrit structure similarly offers the student of yoga guidance on how to stay connected with the light of God through all experiences.

Astanga Yoga in Patanjali and the Gita: a Comparison (2CR)

How are popular systems of yoga understood differently in different ancient texts? Celebrated Professor of Hinduism Edwin Bryant offers a comparative study of Astanga Yoga as it is understood in the Gita and the Sutras. 

PREVIEW: "What is the Atman (the Self)?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • scholarly research on the difference between the yoga of the Sutras and the Gita.
  • pronunciation of key Sanskrit concepts.
  • what the concept of the Self (Atman) is in the Yoga tradition.
  • an understanding of yoga "in the forest" vs. yoga "in the world".
 

"Astanga Yoga in Patanjali and the Gita: a Comparison"
with Professor Edwin Bryant

The Gita defines yoga very differently from Patanjali, given the text's emphasis on action in the world.  But it does accept and outline a version of Patanjali's citta-vritti-nirodhah type of yoga, which it calls dhyana (and the commentaries call astanga), in its 5th and 6th chapters.  There were two types of Yoga, Krishna tells Arjuna: the generic dhyana type, but also an action in the world type.  This latter, Krishna says, became lost in time, and He presents himself as reestablishing this lost action yoga, encouraging Arjuna to follow this.  But the Gita nonetheless honors the Patanjalian type.  This lecture will focus on the verses in chapter 5 and 6 of the Gita that express an astanga type practice, and compare these with verses in Patanjali. Comparative attention will also be paid to the action in the world yoga, which the Gita favors, and which culminates in bhakti.

A Little about Edwin...

Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teachescourses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin's Penguin World Classics translation of theSrimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna's incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community. 

As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshopson the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context. 

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
2.0 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 2 hours. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

Edwin Bryant does not mess around. You will not find a scholar-practitioner more thorough on the topic of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita than Edwin Bryant.”   Travis

“Excellent, deep, and thought-provoking talk. Thank you!” – Sasha

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Edwin's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the Sutras and Gita. Save 50% by purchasing all eleven videos today. 
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The Yoga Sutras: Mastering The Game of Life (1.5CR)

What is the nature of suffering? In order to master an understanding of the Sutras, Jaganath says we must first understand the concept of dukkha, often translated (perhaps too quickly) as "suffering". Jaganath Carrera offers an alternative interpretation...

PREVIEW: "What is the nature of Suffering?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • a unique interpretation of dukkha (suffering).
  • how to understand the Sutras through real-life anecdotes.
  • how to integrate these teachings into your life.
  • philosophical truths to enhance and illuminate your experience.
 

"The Yoga Sutras: Mastering The Game of Life
with Reverend Jaganath Carrera

In every game, there is a goal, a purpose behind the game’s actions. It is usually the first thing about a game that we learn. This is because it is only when we understand the goal and keep it in mind that the rules of the game start to make sense. Additionally, the rules – the list of actions that are allowed or disallowed – help make the game an interesting challenge.

However, if we do not know what the goal is, the rules lose their meaning. They are reduced to a collection of random acts that lead nowhere and only add to a feeling of confusion and anxiety. This is how we often feel about life. We are like ships without rudders trying to navigate seas with unpredictable currents and storms. That is why our first order of business in attempting to master the game of life, as with any game, is to find out what the ultimate goal is.

This is precisely the subject of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Join Rev. Jaganath Carrera in exploring this teaching as it outlines the Ultimate Goal and the rules for Mastering the Game of Life.

A LITTLE ABOUT Jaganath carrera...

Reverend Jaganath is the founder and spiritual head of  Yoga Life Society. He is a direct disciple of world renowned Yoga master and leader in the ecumenical movement, Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder and spiritual guide for the Integral Yoga Institutes and Satchidananda Ashrams worldwide.Guruji has taught at universities, prisons, Yoga centers, and interfaith programs both here and abroad. He was a principle instructor of both Hatha and Raja Yoga for the Integral Yoga Teacher Training Certification Programs for over twenty years and co-wrote the training manual used for that course. He established the Integral Yoga Ministry and developed the highly regarded Integral Yoga Meditation and Raja Yoga Teacher Training Certification programs.

He served for eight years as chief administrator of Satchidananda Ashram -Yogaville and founded the Integral Yoga Institute of New Brunswick, NJ. He is also a spiritual advisor and visiting lecturer on Hinduism for the One Spirit Seminary in New York City.

Carrera is a master bodyworker and holds a Masters Degree in Acupuncture. He has supervised the student clinic at the Eastern School of Acupuncture in Montclair, NJ, where he also served as Academic Dean and helped develop its highly acclaimed curriculum. Reverend Jaganath Carrera is the author of Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Sourcebook for the Study and Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.  Reverend Jaganath released a CD of his translation of the Guru Gita titled From Darkness to Light.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.5 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 90 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

Jaganath's talk is one of the best introductions to the Yoga Sutras that I've had the pleasure of witnessing.”   Andrea

“Jaganath's understanding of dukkha was very illuminating.” – Elizabeth

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Jaganath's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the Sutras and Gita. Save 50% by purchasing all eleven videos today. 
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One Sutra for a Lifetime (1.25CR)

What are the practical ways that one can engage with a sutra? How does the reading of ancient texts relate to Hatha yoga practice? Join Iyengar teacher, Nikki Costello, as she explores sutras that have transformed her life.

PREVIEW: "How to have a relationship with Yoga Philosophy"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • how a celebrated NYC Iyengar teacher discovered the beauty of yoga philosophy.
  • the practical and philosophical significance of one of the most popular Sutras.
  • how to integrate a sutra into your daily life.
  • INCLUDED PRACTICES: led meditation w/ Nikki
 

One Sutra for a Lifetime
with NIKKI COSTELLO

"I accepted the invitation to teach yoga over 22 years ago. The transformation that was taking place within me had created a well of enthusiasm to draw from, and yet, when I began to speak about yoga, the vastness of the subject was overwhelming. There was one sutra I could hold on to.

Young people sat in front of me each day, and it was my responsibility to engage them in the subject. What I quickly recognized was that their presence was giving me purpose. My studentship accelerated, and in my own practice they were there with me, as I studied the asanas in my body, for their bodies. I found myself observing students in class and later critiquing myself and all the ways I could have explained or demonstrated something better. This type of contemplation also known as self-inquiry led to ongoing refinement and the realization that I was having an inner dialogue with the subject of yoga that filled my days and inspired a new focus in my life.

The first sutra I heard, sthira sukham asanam, was the thread that tethered me to the practice and has continued to reveal its essence with greater clarity, depth and experiential wisdom. In the hatha yoga tradition, it is one we repeat with discipline and regularity. Yet, beyond its Steady walls there is an inexplicable Joy that words aim to describe and only time and practice can reveal."

A LITTLE ABOUT NIKKI COSTELLO...

Nikki Costello is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga for 22 years and was previously certified in Jivamukti Yoga and Anusara Yoga. For 8 years, she taught exclusively for the SYDA Foundation, as a hatha yoga and meditation teacher. As part of the organization she taught hatha yoga in retreats and events in North America, South America, Europe, India and China. It was during this time that she began cultivating a practice of meditation and deepened her study of yogic scriptures and philosophical texts.

She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and teaches public classes at Kula Yoga in Tribeca and Williamsburg and Yoga Shanti. She maintains a well-recognized private practice in New York City, training and guiding individuals on all levels of their health and well-being.

Nikki is passionate about sharing her study and practice of yoga. She has created several unique educational opportunities for yoga students which include: The Teachers Practice, The Mentor Practice, The Sutra Practice and The Enrichment Practice. She continues to lead retreats and workshops all over the world and in 2013-2014 was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column.”

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here. 


The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

“This talk with Nikki was really beautiful. I love how it included a bit of philosophy and also a meditation practice.”   Alice

“Nikki's teachings are always pround while still remaining practical. She is an eloquent and thoughtful teacher who makes complicated philosophical topics accessible and timely.” – Jacob

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Surrender Unto Me: The Theme of the Gita and the Essence of Yoga (1.25CR)

What is the essential teaching of the Bhagavad Gita? Join Dhanurdhara Swami as he explores the vicissitudes of "surrender" as an idea in the Gita and how to understand this concept as a Western practitioner.

PREVIEW: "Why is surrender a hard sell in the West?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • a number of verses from the Bhagavad Gita.
  • what the essential message of the BG is.
  • how to understand this message from a Western cultural perspective.
  • how to integrate this teaching into your life.
 

Surrender Unto Me: The Theme of the Gita and the Essence of Yog 
with DHANURDHARA SWAMI

Dhanurdhara Swami will explore in depth the concept of devotional surrender to the Lord (Isvara) and show by classical hermeneutics how it is undoubtedly the theme of the Gita and the essence of all yoga practices. 

A LITTLE ABOUT DHANURDHARA SWAMI...

Dhanurdhara Swami was initiated into the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1974. In 1982, He accepted thesannyasa ashrama or renounced order of life.

Dhanurdhara Swami is the author of three books — Waves of Devotion: A Comprehensive Study of The Nectar of Devotion,Greetings from Vrindavana, a selected collection of his thoughts and realizations from 2000–2004, andJapa Meditations: Contemplations on Entering the Holy Name, a collection of selected personal realizations on japa meditation by Maharaja and others. He is currently working on several writing projects including a contemporary book on bhakti and a book on kirtana.

Dhanurdhara Swami spends half of the year in India where he focuses onbhajana, studying, writing and taking people on pilgrimage of holy places. The other half of the year Maharaja is in the west where he spends his time traveling and speaking about bhakti-yoga.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

Dhanurdhara Swami is an incredibly knowledgeable teacher of Vedic wisdom and makes these sacred teachings incredibly relateable with his off-the-pulpit Brooklyn charm. His love of Bhakti is evident in the charming way he tells stories and anecdotes and speaks of his beloved Krishna.”   Jimmy

“Dhanurdhara Swami straddles the fascinating line between being an American and a monastic in the Vaishnavite Bhakti tradition. His perspective on the shastras is filled with devotion and sophisticated learning.” – Rebecca

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Dhanurdhara Swami's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the Sutras and Gita. Save 50% by purchasing all eleven videos today.
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The Bhagavad Gita: Understanding the Self, Duty, Death, Reincarnation, and God (1.25CR)

Do you believe what the mind is selling? Join renowned Sanskrit and yoga philosophy teacher, Manorama, as she takes us on a journey into the teachings of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.

PREVIEW: "What is our dharma?"

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN:

  • the story of the Mahabharata (the backdrop of the BG).
  • the difference between material dharma and spiritual dharma
  • how to chant the sutras and verses
  • the importance of having a teacher. 
  • a general overview of the themes of the Gita: reincarnation, duty, Self, and God. 
 

The Bhagavad Gita: Understanding the Self, Duty, Death, Reincarnation, and God
with PANDIT DASA

The Gita is the most prominent wisdom text of India and has been commented on more than any other Hindu text. Making up a fraction of the greater epic, the Mahabharata, it covers, within a short 700 verses, the essential lessons that can enable an individual to live a life that engages body, mind, and soul.

In this lesson, we will address the highly controversial topic of Krishna (God) encouraging the warrior Arjuna to engage in a fratricidal war to reacquire the kingdom. We will board the chariot with Arjuna and attempt to put ourselves in his shoes as he faces the biggest dilemma of his life and possibly the biggest dilemma any human has ever encountered, warring against ones own family members.

We will explore the concepts of material dharma (duty) and spiritual dharma and understand the true nature and purpose of the self. The question of whether we live only once or have lived before and will continue to live, will also be addressed through a scientific lens. 

A LITTLE ABOUT PANDIT DASA...

Pandit Dasa is an inspirational speaker, meditation teacher, and well-being expert. He has conducted stress management workshops and meditation sessions in corporations such as Google, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Intel, Novartis, Columbia and many other institutions. During his 15 years as a monk in New York City, he extensively taught the Bhagavad Gita at Columbia University and college campuses and yoga studios across the country.  Pandit has spoken at a TEDx conference and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, and writes for The Huffington Post.  In his book, Urban Monk, Pandit writes about the turning point in his life that came after his family lost their multimillion-dollar business, which caused them to lose everything. This served as a catalyst for Pandit’s journey that would take him from Los Angeles, to post-Communist Bulgaria, to a monastery in Mumbai, India. 

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.


The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.

HOW ALL THIS WORKS

If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS…

I found Pandit's presentation to be super engaging and interesting." - Erin

“I was very grateful to hear the background story of the Mahabharata, because that story isn't often told in classes on the Gita" - Grant

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John

 

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Pandit's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the Sutras and Gita. Save 50% by purchasing all eleven videos today.
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