The Great Mother of Non-Duality: Perfecting Transcendent Wisdom

Dr. Amelia Hall and Dr. Nashalla Nyinda

October 8–10, 2021

Tuition $195 + 2 nights
  • This program has been canceled.

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.

 

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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.

Dr. Nashalla Nyinda

Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda, Menpa, TMD began studying Tibetan Medicine in 1999. Encouraged by her root teacher, The Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, she interned at Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute’s Clinic in Darjeeling, India for two years. Nashalla’s Menpa degree was conferred in 2009 by Qinghai Tibetan Medical College and The Shang Shung Institute of Tibetan Medicine. She founded The Sowa Birthing Method, a bodywork series geared at decreasing medical intervention and postpartum depression. Her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from Naropa University focused on Asian Medicines and Buddhist Psychology. Nashalla went to the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture for a Masters of Acupuncture in the Classical Five-Element lineage. She teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, and lectures on Buddhism, meditation and Asian healing traditions worldwide to Tibetan and Western students, practitioners, doctors. Nashalla directs the Nyinda Clinic of Tibetan Medicine & Holistic Healing in Boulder, Colorado.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, 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.