The Three Turnings Of The Wheel: Complete Series

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A Contemplative Study Series on the History, Philosophy and Practices of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism

Join Naropa University's Wisdom Traditions faculty in a transformational learning experience as they illuminate the Buddha's foundational teachings and help awaken the spirit of personal inquiry.

By combining contemplative practice and academic study you'll gain deep insight into the nature of mind and emotions, the bodhisattva path of wisdom and compassion, and buddhanature.

The Three Turnings of the Wheel series includes:

First Turning of the Wheel: The Nature of Mind and Emotions with Amelia Hall
Trace the Buddha’s discoveries and cultivate an understanding of foundational teachings with Amelia Hall

Second Turning of the Wheel: The Bodhisattva Path with D. Phillip Stanley
Explore the path of the bodhisattva as the union of wisdom and compassion with Phil Stanley

Third Turning of the Wheel: Mind Only and Buddha Nature with Amelia Hall
Examine the foundations of the third turning, the development of the Yogācāra School, and buddhanature with Amelia Hall

Flight of the Swans: Dharma Comes West with Judith Simmer-Brown
Track themes of the dharma’s transmission from Asia to America, and survey how Buddhism influences American culture (and in turn is influenced by it) with Judith Simmer-Brown

Your Instructor

Naropa University’s Wisdom Traditions Faculty
Naropa University’s Wisdom Traditions Faculty

Naropa’s Wisdom Traditions faculty are distinguished for their research, scholarly output, and personal insight.

AMELIA HALL Assistant Professor in Religious Studies
D. PHILLIP STANLEY Professor in Religious Studies
JUDITH SIMMER-BROWN Distinguished Professor of Contemplative Religious Studies


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Additional Courses Included!

The First Turning Of The Wheel
The Nature Of Mind And Emotions
Amelia Hall
The Second Turning of The Wheel
The Bodhisattva Path
D. Phillip Stanley
The Third Turning of the Wheel
Mind Only and Buddhanature
Amelia Hall
Dharma Comes West
Judith Simmer-Brown

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Who is this course for?
It’s for students—and teachers—of Buddhism, Eastern Religion, Comparative World Religions, and of mindfulness meditation. With that said, the path of wisdom and compassion is for everyone. So if this course resonates with you, we encourage you to sign up for it. No prior experience with meditation or Buddhism is necessary. If you’re new to meditation, you’ll definitely benefit from the practice instructions provided in the course. More experienced practitioners will appreciate the balance between scholarly study and meditative investigation.
Does the courses in this series follow a specific lineage or tradition?
The Contemplative Study Series is designed for anyone who wants a more well-rounded understanding of Buddhism and meditation. It doesn’t matter whether you follow a certain lineage or no lineage at all. Eager learners, spiritual practitioners, meditation teachers—all are welcomed, regardless of background. This series presents a wonderful opportunity for university students and teachers of Buddhism, Eastern Religion, and Comparative World Religions to experience Buddhism in a contemplative context setting.
Can I take more than 6 weeks to finish the course?
We aim to provide a contemplative approach to learning—discovering new insights is an unfolding process. Take as much time as you need to work through the course, and come back to the material as often as you’d like. Amelia says that she continues to learn new things from this subject, even after 20 years!
I’m interested in the whole series. When will the other courses roll out?
The remaining 6-week courses in the series will be released over 2019 and through early 2020.