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Beyond Perfection:
Personalizing the Paramitas

The quest for moral and personal excellence spans all cultures and religions. In this course, we will be looking at the 10 Buddhist paramitas, or perfections, as originally conceived in the Theravatan tradition. Analysis and reading of Pali texts coupled with contemplative and collaborative work amongst one’s peers will inform a living dialectic of learning between mind/body and self/other. By placing the paramitas in personal, group and contemplative practice, we will move from the more concrete to the more abstract, ensuring that these virtues have a felt, experiential resonance and do not just function as intellectual points of inquiry.


This class is ideal for both beginners and advanced practitioners, and is particularly for those that strive and are curious about living a virtuous and excellent life.


The 6-week workshop will run via Zoom on Mondays at 7 - 9pm ET, following the below schedule: 

  • Monday, November 7th

  • Monday, November 14th

  • Monday, November 21st

  • Monday, November 28th

  • Monday, December 5th

  • Monday, December 12th 

Registration and Payment

You may register for this workshop using the sign-up form below. We have offered two options for your convenience, one "Supported Tuition" to support those who may need financial assistance and one "Actual Cost" to cover the actual cost to IDP.  Please choose your rate mindfully and be as generous as possible so that IDP may continue to offer financial assistance to those in need of other offerings.


Lani Rowe holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and was the founding student coordinator of the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society. Lani is a graduate of IDPMTT 2012, teaches meditation, and is a dedicated yoga practitioner and athlete. She is committed to embodied and artful mindfulness/awareness training.


Nandini Naik (she/her) was born and raised Hindu in India. Her formal practice of mindfulness started over two decades ago with Zen meditation when she was 16 and a High School student at UWC. She had the good fortune of taking classes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama while living for months in a monastery in Dharamsala teaching Tibetan monks and refugees English. Nandini graduated from Colby College after studying Theatre & Religion and later attended NYU for a Masters in Teaching. A founding member at Emma Lazarus School for English Language Scholars, Nandini taught with the DOE in NYC for 6 years. She then worked with the Internationals Network for Public school as an instructional coach for 3 and was on their DEI committee for 2. She is honoured & delighted to be IDP’s ED; IDP has been home to her since she took her first classes there in 2009. Secretary to the Board for 6 years, Nandini also graduated from the first IDP MTT cohort of 2011 and co-taught classes & Training’s for several years.

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