The Great Mother of Non-Duality: Perfecting Transcendent Wisdom
Dr. Amelia Hall and Nashalla Nyinda
August 7–9, 2020
Note: This program is being rescheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.
This weekend invites you to open into the Prajñāpāramitā (perfection of wisdom) teachings that draw from a collection of Mahayana Buddhist texts pointing to non-conceptual ways of actualizing the nature of reality, as well as the sacred feminine embodiment of this, known as the ‘Great Mother’. Drawing upon the wisdom of the Heart Sutra, we will explore the Buddhist doctrine of emptiness and the feminine wisdom of non-duality. The weekend will combine periods of instruction and meditation, inviting a deep contemplation of non-conceptual reality arising from meditative insight. The emphasis in this teaching will be on the power of intuitive knowledge rather than more analytical, conceptual, or linear aspects of knowing.
Dr. Amelia Hall is an assistant professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism 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.
Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda TMD, LMT began the study of Tibetan Medicine in 1999 and started treating with permission in 2004. She was then encouraged by her teacher, VV Thrangu Rinpoche, to complete her medical studies continuing in India. Nashalla earned her Menpa degree (Doctor of Tibetan Medicine) from Qinghai Tibetan Medical College, Tibet and The Shang Shung Institute of Tibetan Medicine in 2009. She has an Interdisciplinary Studies BA from Naropa University, with a focus on Asian Medicines and Buddhist Psychology. She has taught these techniques worldwide to Tibetan and western students, practitioners, and doctors, and is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa. Nashalla and husband, Dr. Tsundu S. Nyinda, operate the Tibetan Medicine & Holistic Healing Clinic in Boulder, Colorado.