ONLINE • Foundations of Buddhism

Dr. Amelia Hall

January 29–31, 2021

  • $75.00 – Subsidized Tuition
  • $150.00 – Standard Tuition
  • $200.00 – Supporting Tuition

This weekend retreat will explore the core tenets of Buddhism, for those who are interested in establishing a meditation practice for the first time, as well as for those who have a current practice but want to learn more about the foundational philosophy and view of this tradition. What did the Buddha teach about walking a spiritual path? About the nature of our thoughts and emotions? How do we apply this wisdom in our everyday lives? This weekend will be a combination of talks on foundational Buddhist teachings, periods of meditation instruction, and group discussion. All are welcome, but this is especially for beginners.


Dharma talks and meditation instruction will be recorded for participants to review up to one week after the program concludes. Recordings will not be downloadable.

Tiered Pricing & Scholarships

This program offers tiered pricing to accommodate most instances of financial need. If you would be unable to attend at the subsidized tuition rate, we do have a limited number of scholarships available. Please apply here by Friday, January 22, 2021.

If you are able to register at the “Supporter” level, thank you for supporting the ability for others to attend this retreat.


Registration closes two hours before the program start time.

Daily Schedule

All times listed are in the Mountain Time Zone.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm — Welcome, Check-in

9:00 am – 10:45 am — Session 1 (Dharma Talk)
15-minute break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm — Session 2 (Meditation and Discussion)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Session 3 (Dharma Talk)
15-minute break
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm — Session 4 (Meditation and Discussion)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm — Social Activity/ Community Gathering (Optional)

6:30 am – 7:30 am — Session 5 (Early Morning Meditation, Optional)
9:00 am – 10:45 am —Session 6 (Dharma Talk)
15-minute break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm — Closing session (Meditation and Discussion, Closing)

Of course, you may join from any timezone.


Dr. Amelia Hall

Dr. Amelia Hall is an assistant professor of Buddhism and department chair in the wisdom traditions department at Naropa University. She gained her PhD. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from the University of Oxford in 2012. She has taught and developed courses on Buddhism at Central Michigan University and Antioch University Buddhist Studies Abroad Program. She has practiced Dharma for 20 years and is currently working on a book on the Four Noble Truths, forthcoming from Shambhala Publications.

Program Details

This virtual retreat will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, a link to join the retreat will be sent to you via email.