Ancient Wisdom, Modern Madness: Inter-Term Week for College Students

Dr. Bernard McGrane

January 14–24, 2020

Tuition $480 + 10 nights


Now in its 28th year, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Madness, offered through the Honors Program at Chapman University, is a 10-day immersion in Shambhala Buddhist culture designed to awaken the warrior within. From meditation to art, kyudo (Japanese archery), and unique practices for working with energy, you will be exposed to the richness of Shambhala.

$1600 is the all-inclusive price for seasonal dormitory accommodations.

College credit is available through Chapman University.

Dr. McGrane will be joined by senior teachers of Shambhala Buddhist education and the arts.

Dr. Bernard McGrane

Bernard McGrane did his undergraduate work at Fairfield University and Die Freie Universitat Berlin, and received his PhD from New York University. His principle fields of study have been sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and intellectual history. Prior to teaching at Chapman University in the sociology department, Bernard taught at a wide variety of universities: Vermont College, Norwich University, Colby College, Cuesta Community College, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Pitzer College, and UC Irvine. He has studied Tibetan Buddhism under meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and transformative education with Landmark Education. Bernard is the author of Beyond Anthropology, Society and the Other; The Un-TV and the 10-MPH Car: Experiments in Personal Freedom and Everyday Life; and This Book is Not Required: An Emotional Survival Manual for Students. He is also featured in two educational videos: The Ad and the Id: Sex, Death and Subliminal Advertising and The Ad and the Ego: Advertising and Identity.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2:00–5:00 p.m. on arrival day. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5:00 p.m. to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5:30 p.m. after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. Your program will end in the morning on the final day, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.