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About Lion’s Roar

Lion’s Roar Foundation is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the United States, and a not-for-profit, charitable organization in Canada. We are mission-driven and community-supported.

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Join Naropa University’s Wisdom Traditions faculty in a contemplative learning experience as they illuminate the Buddhas 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 latest online course from Lion’s Roar features insight meditation practitioner and teacher JoAnna Hardy. 

The Buddhist word metta is often translated into English as “Loving-Kindness”,  this course explores the practice of metta that offers an opportunity to develop inner calm and focus. This centuries-old meditation technique can be a tool for those struggling with the suffering of the world. It is a way to make sense of the helplessness and turn it into action. It is a powerful tool for reflection and action in situations where you may feel helpless.

Learn how to cultivate more compassion and kindness – towards yourself and the world – in this new online course from Lion’s Roar. 

Imagine a World with More Love
…It Begins with You.

How to Cultivate a Loving Heart: The Buddhist Practice of Metta is taught by JoAnna Hardy, meditation practitioner and teacher. Together with Lion’s Roar, she guides you through all you need to know to begin and deepen the practice of loving-kindness meditation.

Journey into the heart of the Buddhas teachings

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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.

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs that integrate Eastern wisdom studies and the arts with traditional Western scholarship.

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ABOUT THE THREE TURNINGS OF THE WHEEL SERIES

The Three Turnings of the Wheel delivers the heart of Naropa University’s Buddhist studies program in a convenient online environment. It’s like having a Naropa University classroom in the comfort of your home, available on your own schedule.

The series is designed for anyone seeking a deeper, more complete understanding of the historical roots and central pillars of the Buddhist tradition. Those familiar with modern day and secular presentations of mindfulness will discover its foundation in the Buddhist tradition of compassion practice and training the mind.

Bring together deep study with contemplative practice in four 6-week long courses, carefully created to spark insight and encourage greater self-awareness in your life and practice.

The Three Turnings of the Wheel series includes:

THE FIRST TURNING OF THE WHEEL

The Nature of Mind and Emotions

Trace the Buddha’s discoveries and cultivate an understanding of foundational teachings with Amelia Hall

THE FIRST TURNING OF THE WHEEL

The Nature of Mind and Emotions

Trace the Buddha’s discoveries and cultivate an understanding of foundational teachings with Amelia Hall

Participate in a learning experience like no other from the nation’s leader in contemplative higher education. Naropa’s Wisdom Traditions faculty are distinguished for their research, scholarly output, and personal insight. 

Meet your instructors for the Three Turnings of the Wheel series:

PHIL STANLEY 

Professor, Religious Studies

Course 2: The Second Turning of the Wheel

 

With each course in The Three Turnings of the Wheel

you will receive:

AMELIA HALL 

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Course 1: The First Turning of the Wheel 

Course 3: The Third Turning of the Wheel

JUDITH SIMMER-BROWN 

Distinguished Professor of Contemplative Religious Studies

PLUS: Flight of the Swans

Throughout The Second Turning of the Wheel, you’ll explore the purpose of compassion-based meditation practices and the Buddhist philosophies behind them.

COURSE  2  CURRICULUM


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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Week 1: Introduction to the Mahayana & The Second Turning of the Wheel

Get an overview of the various elements of the Mahayana, or “Great Vehicle;” Understand how to develop the mind of enlightenment; Identify the rich diversity of the Buddha’s teachings


Week 2: The Development of Wisdom and The Emergence of the Middle Way School (Madhyamaka)

Examine the teachings of selflessness; Discover the main themes of the Perfection of Wisdom Discourses; Realize how the “Middle Way” emerged in India, Tibet, and East Asia


Week 3: The Bodhisattva Vow and the Six Perfections

Recognize the remarkable commitment to help all beings attain enlightenment; Discern the qualities integral to taking compassionate, skillful action; Comprehend the necessity of patience 


Week 4: The Cultivation of Compassion in Meditation and Post-Meditation

Perceive why lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity factor into all Buddhist meditation practices; Contemplate the distinctive Mahayana practice called tonglen 


Week 5: Ultimate Bodhicitta

Dive more fully into the Middle Way with an introduction to analytical meditation; Continue to expand your knowledge of selflessness; Reflect on the Buddhist view of interconnectedness


Week 6: The Spread of the Perfection of Wisdom and Madhyamaka Teachings

Consider how the Perfection of Wisdom Discourses and the Middle Way teachings influenced the rise of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the East Asian schools of Buddhism

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. If you enroll for the whole series you’ll save 44%.


Can I earn continuing education credits for this series?

While this course doesn’t offer such credits, you can earn a Certificate of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. Qualifying for that requires completing the entire course, and fulfilling all meditation practices and enrichment activities.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

Who is this course for?

Does the courses in this series follow a specific lineage or tradition?

Sign up for the complete series and save 44%! 

Experience Naropa University’s immersive Buddhist Studies curriculum from the comfort of home for only $449.

We think you’ll love this course, so we don’t want anything holding you back from enrolling. We’re therefore offering an unconditional 30-day guarantee: If you decide that this program isn’t right for you, we’ll give you a full refund within the first 30 days of the scheduled start date. 

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Course 2: The Second Turning of the Wheel starts August 19th. 

THE SECOND TURNING OF THE WHEEL

 The Bodhisattva Path

Explore the path of the bodhisattva as the union of wisdom and compassion with Phil Stanley 

THE SECOND TURNING OF THE WHEEL

The Bodhisattva Path

Explore the path of the bodhisattva as the union of wisdom and compassion with Phil Stanley 

THE THIRD TURNING OF THE WHEEL

Mind Only and Buddhanature

Examine the foundations of the third turning, the development of the Yogācāra School, and buddhanature with Amelia Hall 

THE THIRD TURNING OF THE WHEEL

Mind Only and Buddhanature

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

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 

FLIGHT OF THE SWANS 

Dharma Comes West

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 

FLIGHT OF THE SWANS 

Dharma Comes West

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 

ENROLL

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The Three Turnings of the Wheel series

All 4 courses

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COMPLETE SERIES

 $796 

$449

ENROLL

$149

The Second Turning of the Wheel

The Bodhisattva Path

COURSE 2

 $199 

$149

Course 2 begins August 19

AMELIA HALL gained her PhD in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from the University of Oxford in 2012. She has led courses on Buddhism as an online religious studies faculty member at Central Michigan University, and she has served as a faculty member teaching the history of Indian Buddhism for Antioch University’s Buddhist Studies Abroad program in Bodhgaya, India. A dharma practitioner for 20 years, she is a contributor to the Brill Encyclopedia of Buddhism and the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Amelia is currently working on a book related to her research on tantric Buddhist landscapes in the Eastern Himalayas. 

PHIL STANLEY gained his PhD in Religious Studies in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from the University of Virginia. He is also Dean of Academic Affairs and authorized teacher of Nitartha Institute, devoted to translating the entire Tibetan monastic college curriculum of the Kagyu tradition into English and to training and authorizing Western teachers of that curriculum. He is a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays scholarship. Phil is the author of Primer of Classical Literary Tibetan, which is used in language classes at Naropa, and he does Tibetan textual translation for Nitartha Institute courses.

JUDITH SIMMER-BROWN is a founding faculty member at Naropa University, Judith is also Senior Advisor to the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education. She co-chairs the Contemplative Studies Steering Committee for the American Academy of Religion, and serves on the Board of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. Judith is the author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala) and editor, with Fran Grace, of Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY).

ENROLL NOW

PLUS

ENROLL

Course 2:  The Bodhisattva Path.

ABOUT THE THREE TURNINGS OF THE WHEEL SERIES

With each course in The Three Turnings of the Wheel you will receive:

YOUR INSTRUCTORS


Participate in a learning experience like no other from the nation’s leader in contemplative higher education. Naropa’s Wisdom Traditions faculty are respected for their research, scholarly output, and personal insight. 

Meet your instructors for the Three Turnings of the Wheel series:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. If you enroll for the whole series you’ll save 44%.


Can I earn continuing education credits for this series?

While this course doesn’t offer such credits, you can earn a Certificate of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. Qualifying for that requires completing the entire course, and fulfilling all meditation practices and enrichment activities.

“This was a fantastic course... the production values were amazing. I would happily invest in another Lion’s Roar course.”

ENROLL

$149

The Second Turning of the Wheel

The Bodhisattva Path


COURSE 2

 $199 

$149

Course 2 begins August 19th
ENROLL

$449

The Three Turnings of the Wheel series

All 4 courses

Save 44% 

COMPLETE SERIES

 $796 

$399

About Naropa University

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs that integrate Eastern wisdom studies and the arts with traditional Western scholarship. 

ENROLL

$449

The Three Turnings of the Wheel series

All 4 courses

Save 44% 

COMPLETE SERIES

 $796 

$449

PLUS

PLUS

YOUR INSTRUCTORS

6 weeks of video classes with your Naropa University instructor (about 1 hour total per week, in a few short sessions)


2 live discussions with your instructor


Full transcripts of each session


Weekly deep dive readings to expand your understanding

Short quizzes to support your reflection and comprehension


Weekly contemplation or meditation to help enrich your experience


Moderated discussion board with your peers


Certificate of Accomplishment

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Wheel of Life Part 1


Throughout this six-week course, you’ll learn–or rediscover–the historical, social, and spiritual context in which the dharma arose. Supported by discussion and guided practices, you’ll explore the view, practice, and foundational roots of the Buddha’s early teachings.

Your instructor, Naropa University’s Amelia Hall, will walk you through key texts and discourses, contemplations and guided meditation. Her scholarly knowledge, combined with 20 years of personal experience as a practitioner, offer invaluable insight on the four noble truths, the eightfold path, the nature of mind and emotions, and more.

Preview the course now!

Wheel of Life Part 1 

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Wheel of Life Part 1


By completing The First Turning of the Wheel, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of Buddhism’s historical roots and seminal teachings.

COURSE 1 CURRICULUM


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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Week 1: The Spiritual Landscape of Ancient India

Gain historical, social, and spiritual knowledge of the context in which Buddhism arose; Learn details of the Buddha’s life story; Develop skill in reading foundational Buddhist texts


Week 2: The Four Noble Truths

Gain an in-depth understanding of the four noble truths; Develop ways of understanding how suffering occurs; Cultivate insight into patterns of craving that cause dissatisfaction in your own life


Week 3: Buddhist Cosmology

Gain understanding of the components of “existence” according to the Buddhist system; Cultivate insight into how habitual patterns are perpetuated; Learn how to work with difficult emotions


Week 4: What Is a Person? Introduction to the Abhidhamma

Gain an understanding of early Buddhist psychology; Cultivate insight into the nature of thoughts and emotions; Develop ways to work with the core Buddhist teachings on selflessness 


Week 5: Foundational Buddhist Meditation

Be able to identify the purpose of mindfulness practice according to its Buddhist roots; Begin to develop your own mindfulness practice; Identify common hindrances to meditation practice 


Week 6: The Sangha

Understand why the Buddha employed various teaching methods; Learn about the ethical considerations of the Buddhist sangha; Explore the role of women in early Buddhism

Why is the relationship between wisdom and compassion so important in Buddhism? In this six-week course, you’ll discover  increasingly profound answers. You’ll also explore the bodhisattva vow, along with the history of Buddhism’s Tibetan and East Asian schools. The weekly enrichment activities and peer discussions will offer you plenty of opportunities to further your learnings.

Phil Stanley, Professor of Religious Studies in the Wisdom Traditions Department at Naropa University, will guide you through compassion-oriented sutras, the stages of the path to enlightenment, and practices for cultivating kindness towards ourselves and others. As your course instructor, Prof. Stanley aims to draw out your natural wisdom and self-knowledge.

Please note that this course builds upon the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. We therefore encourage you to complete that course before starting this one.

ENROLL

$149

The Second Turning of the Wheel

The Bodhisattva Path

COURSE 2

 $199 

$149

Course 2 begins August 19th
ENROLL NOW
ENROLL

$149

The Second Turning of the Wheel

The Bodhisattva Path

COURSE 2

 $199 

$149

Course 2 begins August 19