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Nalanda Program Session 2: Mahayana and Indian Buddhism
Dates: May 05, 2017 - May 10, 2017
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Mu Soeng, Brian Lesage, William Edelglass

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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.  Course is currently full. To apply for the waitlist please 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.

  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  He is a scholar who has practiced in several Buddhist traditions.  In addition to teaching at dharma centers, William taught in a federal prison in New York, as a wilderness guide for many years, and at the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India.  He has published widely in Buddhist philosophy, environmental philosophy, and 20th-century European philosophy.  He serves as chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of the journal Environmental Philosophy.  William is also co-editor of Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings, the Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy, and Facing Nature: Levinas and Environmental Thought.