SEM: The Nature of Mind - The Limitless Potential of Human Consciousness
Based on teachings delivered by Gelek Rimpoche on the nature of mind, this course addresses the relationship between energy and mind, the mind's capacity for liberation and wisdom, and continuity of consciousness. One needn't be Buddhist to benefit from this course.
SEM: The Nature of Mind will be conducted by special guest speakers alternating weekly with Jewel Heart instructors on Thursdays, 7 - 8:30pm October 13 through December 8, 2016 and January 12 through February 2, 2017. Session Details follow below.
The course is available both online via Webinar and/or onsite at Jewel Heart New York - 260 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013.
Audio/video recordings will be posted to a SEM webpage dedicated for course registrants only, allowing participants access to view missed sessions and review programs at their convenience. You will receive the link in your registration confirmation email.
Please watch for the automation registration confirmation email that will follow your registration. It will include instructions for ordering digital or paperback versions of the course transcript, SEM: The Nature of Mind by Gelek Rimpoche ,which the course will follow. All registrants will also receive a link to individually register and receive instructions on how to participate via webinar. We appreciate you honoring the privacy of the webinar links.
You will receive an email at a later date with the individual session reading assignments based on Gelek Rimpoche's teaching transcript - SEM: THe Nature of Mind.
Course Fee is offered with Sliding Scale options from $50 - $75 - Choose only one.
Registration opened June 14, 2016
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734 994 3387 extensions 221 or 223.
Topics, Dates and Speaker Details Follow -
October 13 with Professor Robert Thurman
October 20 with JH Instructors Mark Magill and Hartmut Sagolla
The nature of the mind is like light: clear, lucid and knowing. All obstacles and blocks are temporary. When there is nothing blocking or obscuring the mind, it can function to full capacity. It requires understanding the nature of mind—through concentrated and analytical meditation—to overcome the delusions and negative emotions associated with them.
2: Mind and Energy
October 27 with Dr. Joseph Loizzo
November 3 with JH Instructors Kimba Levitt and Dimitri Ehrlich
Mind and energy work together. In Tibetan energy is referred to as “air” (lung). This energy travels in the channels. There are three main channels. The gross mind is initially comprised of five root energies and arises from subtle mind during the stage between conception and birth. The very subtle consciousness or primordial mind (nyung sem) is inseparably combined with subtle energy as an interdependent phenomenon.
3: Tame Your Mind
November 10 with JH Instructors Nancy Jeffries and Robyn Brentano
November 17 with Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan
Buddha said the best thing you can do is tame your mind. An untamed mind is like a monkey or a wild elephant. A tamed mind opens the doorway to happiness. It is the best protection. It brings joy. But in an untamed state, the mind can bully us. Body and speech are completely controlled by the mind. If our mind is not tamed, we are slave to our addictions and negative emotions. We will never experience true peace, joy, and happiness.
4: Mind’s Capacity
December 1 with Glenn Mullin
December 8 with JH Instructors Ben Shapiro and Anthony King
Mind has no limits, neither materially—through scientific research, for example—or spiritually through the practice of a living tradition. Mind is comprised of 51 mental faculties. Some are fundamental to its basic functioning. Others are positive, neutral or negative and need to be enhanced or quelled. The purpose of knowing the mind is to tame it. This makes the mind happy and joyful. Otherwise we are in danger of negative consequences.
5: Basis for Liberation
January 12 with Cyndi Lee
January 19 with JH Instructors Mark Harada and to be announced
The mind perceives. If what it perceives tallies with the mind’s reality and nature, the mind accepts and can become that. If what it perceives doesn’t tally with the mind’s nature it struggles. When the obstacles to the truth are removed we can see clearly. We call that wisdom. Wisdom directed against the deluded ego is powerful because it is perceives the truth. And we know that ultimately truth prevails.
6: Continuity of Consciousness
January 26 with JH Instructors Amy Hertz and Jonathan Rose
February 2 with Gelek Rimpoche
The mind has no form. Its fundamental nature is lucidity and understanding. In its most subtle aspect, it is consciousness and energy. From the Buddhist standpoint, mind will never become matter and matter will never become mind. Matter has its own continuum and so does mind. Likewise, mind cannot become non-mind. Our present identities are dependent on form and context. Since these are impermanent, our identities are impermanent. At death, as the elements that are the basis of our form dissolve along with those of the gross mind, the mind withdraws to the consciousness itself, where we come face to face with the primordial mind. What happens next depends on whether we’ve prepared ourselves to recognize this or are still under the influence of wrong perceptions.
Robert A. F. Thurman - Graduate of Harvard University, PhD in Buddhology, Thurman is currently the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. In 1972, He founded the American Institute of Buddhist Studies , with mission to research and translate the 4,000 works of the Tibetan Tengyur into English, volumes gradually being researched, translated and published with Columbia University Press as Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences.
In 1987, he co-founded, with Richard Gere and Philip Glass, Tibet House US, dedicated to the preservation and renaissance of Tibetan civilization. In 2001, he co- founded with Nena Thurman the Menla Mountain Retreat Center in the Catskill Mountains to advance the life sciences and healing arts of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist medicine tradition.
Thurman is the translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and author of many books, including Inner Revolution, The Central Philosophy of Tibet, The Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, Infinite Life, The Jewel Tree of Tibet, Circling the Sacred Mountain, and Why the Dalai Lama Matters.
For more, visit https://bobthurman.com.
Joseph Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and business consultant who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. He founded Nalanda Center for Contemplative Science and is on faculty at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies. He has published books, translations, and several articles and also has a private practice in Manhattan.
For more information, visit nalandainstitute.org.
Glenn Mullin is a Tibetologist, Buddhist writer, translator of classical Tibetan literature, and teacher of Tantric Buddhist meditation. He studied philosophy, literature, meditation, yoga, and the enlightenment culture under thirty-five of the greatest living masters of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Glenn is the author of over 20 books on Tibetan Buddhism, founded and directed the Mystical Arts of Tibet, and has curated a number of important Tibetan art exhibitions. . He divides his time between writing, teaching, meditating, and leading tour groups to the power places of Nepal and Tibet.
For more about Glenn Mullin, visithttp://www.glennmullin.com/new/profile.php.