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Nalanda Program Session 1: Early Buddhism
Dates: Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 15, 2017
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Mu Soeng, Brian Lesage

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The year-long Nalanda program will offer four residential modules covering Early Buddhism, Mahayana and Indian Buddhism, East Asian and Tibetan Buddhism, and Buddhism in the West. We will study different traditional texts in their historical contexts, as well as explore various practices from each Buddhist tradition. Our studies will be grounded in developing our spiritual practice. Continuity in between intensives will be provided through online video meetings. For a full program description, please visit our Nalanda Page.


Enrollment is by application only. To apply click here and scroll to the bottom.  
  • Mu Soeng is Scholar Emeritus at BCBS. He trained in the (Korean) Zen tradition and was a monk for eleven years. He is the author of Thousand Peaks: Korean Zen (Tradition and Teachers); The Diamond Sutra: Transforming the Way We Perceive the World; Trust in Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen; The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra, and co-author of Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death.

  • Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000.  He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma.