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Submitted by Ethan Nichtern on Thu, 8/30/2012, 9:12am
Hi, all. We are hoping you had a wonderful summer and are excited to announce our Fall 2012 offerings of exceptional online classes, retreats, lectures, and our continuing Transformational Activism initiatives. We're also glad to formally welcome Kimberly Brown to the position of Secular Buddhist Studies Program Coordinator.
We've spent the summer enhancing and improving the interactivity, support, and study environment for online participation.
Our classes in general, and the Secular Buddhist Study (SBS) Program in particular, are now even more accessible, with weekly remote study available anywhere via the Internet. IDP's SBS program is a unique opportunity to learn Buddhist practices, thought, and ethics from a multi-lineage perspective with a diverse and engaged community. Both online and in-person SBS program students become part of the emerging dialog between Buddhist thought and Western studies including psychology, activism, and the arts. The program guides its members to create and establish a true practice, and it is also a doorway to our Year-Long Immersion and Instructor Training program.
The updated Secular Buddhist Studies program requirements couldn't be simpler:
1) Register for the program (here)
2) Sign up for and attend a total of 40 weeks of courses at IDP, either online or by joining our awesome sangha in NYC. The next great course begins 9/17 (find more info and sign up here)
3) Attend ANY four qualified weekend retreats, either at IDP (next retreat is 9/21-9/23) or at any center with which IDP is affiliated. This requirement may be fulfilled by participating in meditation retreats offered through recognized Buddhist traditions taught by qualified teachers, such as Shambhala, Zen, Insight Meditation, and Tibetan lineages.
You can complete these requirements at whatever pace you choose. After these three steps, you will..
- Have established a daily meditation practice and incorporate a range of techniques into your practice
- Have received a great foundation in Buddhist thought with an intelligent, caring, and contemporary community of teachers and students.
- Be primed for further practice and study.
- Get one of these!
Please feel free to contact us with questions about the program (email firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to working with you this Fall.
Let's Get Our Practice On!
Ethan Nichtern, Shastri
IDP Senior Teacher-In-Residence
Secular Buddhist Studies Coordinator
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