2020 Yearlong Buddhist Studies
with Ethan Nichtern, faculty, and guest teachers

January–December 2020
New York, New York

Join us for the second round of Ethan’s Year-Long Buddhist Studies, already in progress. This 45-Week Program is broken down into Five 8-Week Courses that can be attended live online or audited at your own pace. Live classes occur Wednesdays 7-9pm ET on Zoom. (All in-person classes at Now Yoga are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis.)

This Year-Long program is designed to be deeply practical as well as occasionally geeky—to give you a deep overview of a complete Buddhist path, with an emphasis on the psychological, metaphysical, and socially engaged elements. It is appropriate for students of all experience levels.

Can’t commit to the full course? Drop in for any Wednesday evening class. / $25

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enrollment for the full-year certificate program is closed; but you can still enroll to audit the entire course: 

Full-year audit: $450
—Includes all 40 weeks plus 5 guest workshops
—Full access to class audio and video recordings via Course Dropbox
—Accompanying PDF readings, books are suggested for borrow or purchase

Tuition to audit is nonrefundable.

Courses 3 through 5:
$210 live online; $110 audit
—Each Course is 8 weeks in durationincluding one guest lecture
—Full access to course audio and video recordings via Course Dropbox
—Accompanying PDF readings, books are suggested for borrow or purchase

$30 cancellation fee up to three weeks ahead of the start date; tuition is nonrefundable within three weeks of the start date.

Course 1 Audit: $55


about the training

upcoming courses

Course 3—Emptiness and Compassion:
Overcoming Spiritual Bypassing
Wed June 3–July 22, 2020

This third course focuses on the Bodhisattva Path. We will cover the meditation practice of Tonglen, The Four Great Vows of Zen, Four Styles of Idiot Compassion, Spiritual Bypassing, The Six Paramitas, and The Heart Sutra.

Course readings include:
The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern, The Other Shore by Thich Nhat Hanh, Radical Dharma by Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D., Becoming Bodhisattvas (No Time to Lose, former title) by Pema Chodron



Course 4—Introduction to Tantra:
Wisdom is Already Present
Wed August 12–September 30, 2020

This course will begin a theoretical introduction to Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism, along with an experiential exploration of some of the basic practices associated with Buddhist Tantra. Founded on the strongly established aspirations of self-liberation and compassion for all beings (Courses 1-3), this fourth course begins an exploration of the Tantric, or Vajrayana teachings as understood in the Indo-Tibetan and other schools of Buddhism. Topics will include The Three Yanas, Nature of Mind meditation (Mahamudra and Dzogchen), Visualization as Meditation Practice, The Five Wisdom Energies, and an exploration of the often difficult topic of what it means to work with a “Guru” as opposed to other models of the student-teacher relationship.

Course readings include:
The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern (required), Wisdom Rising by Lama Tsultrim Allione (required), Gradual Awakening by Dr. Miles Neale (suggested), Wild Awakening by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (suggested)



Course 5—Warrior In The World:
The Path of Complete Engagement
Wed October 14–December 2, 2020

This course will survey modern topics applying Buddhist thought to a wide variety of issues. Topics include: The Mandala Principle in Everyday Life, Dharma Art, Buddhism and Western Psychology, Buddhism and Economics, Buddhism and Politics, Buddhism and Environmentalism, and more.

Course readings include:
The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern (required), plus additional PDF readings

There are recommended books for purchase for each course. Reading material is not included in the cost of the program. Additional suggested readings and PDFs will be provided.



past courses

Course 1 is now available to audit at a reduced rate of $55.

Course 1—Entering The Path:
Deeply Understanding Meditation, Karma, and Freedom from Suffering
Wed January 22–March 11, 2020

This first course focuses on The Buddhist Path, The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, Karma and The Twelve Nidanas, Buddhist Teachings on the Self, and the Path of Conduct and Ethics.

Course readings include:
The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path by Ethan Nichtern, Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg, The Truth of Suffering and The Path of Liberation by Chogyam Trungpa, Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation by Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah, AccessToInsight.org—website with collection of early Buddhist suttas (discourses), additional online articles from Tara Brach Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Gina Sharpem, and others.


about the teacher

Ethan Nichtern is a Buddhist teacher, and is the author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (Farrar Straus and Giroux, North Point Press), which was recently selected as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2015, and one of Tech Insider’s “9 Books That Define 2015.” His new book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships was released by FSG – North Point on September 12, 2017.

His The Road Home podcast launched in 2018 available on iTunes and Stitcher. He is also regularly featured on the Meditation in the City podcast, available on iTunes.

He is also the author of  One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs, 2007), and the Novella/poetry collection, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You (Nieto Books, 2012). He founded the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts, and served as executive Director from 2007-2011.

For the past 16 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City and North America and Europe, along with working with students privately. He has primarily studied in the Shambhala and other Tibetan traditions, but has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism. He is also an avid yoga practitioner. He served as Shastri, or Senior Teacher-In-Residence, for the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, from 2010-2018.

He was formerly on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and has lectured at Brown, Wesleyan, Yale, NYU, FIT, Antioch and other universities, and as well as at many meditation/yoga centers and conferences around the country and world.

Ethan has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, The New York Times, Vogue.com, Business Insider, Nautilus, and Vice to discuss Buddhism and meditation in the 21st Century. His articles have been featured on The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications.

alumni testimonials

“I could not speak more highly of this course and Ethan as a teacher! I came in as a complete beginner without a formal practice, so if anybody in the same boat now has doubts, don’t fret!”—Student from 2019 Online Buddhist Studies

“The online course and accessibility to the materials and teachers allow this full time working mom of a two year old have access to the dharma and a sangha that in the past, would have been impossible. When the stars align and I can attend the live class the lectures from Ethan and guests are engaging and interactive. The break out sessions are also insightful. Definitely worth investing the time and money.”—Student from 2019 Online Buddhist Studies