The Wisdom Academy Summer Sale
Save 40% on some of our most beloved courses!
It’s here: the Wisdom Academy Summer Sale!
This week (through 11:59 p.m. EST on June 14), a selection of our courses are 40% off with the discount code “SUMMER21”!
All courses are self-study, meaning you can take them at your own pace and will have ongoing access to the content.
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Please note: if a course does not appear below, it is not included in the sale.
Emptiness: A Practical Course for Meditators with Guy Armstrong
This eight-lesson course with renowned insight meditation teacher Guy Armstrong explores the teachings on emptiness that point to a series of understandings and practices leading to deep insight and a radical experience of liberation.
Introduction to Dzogchen with B. Alan Wallace
In this online course led by B. Alan Wallace, you’ll be introduced to the view, meditation, and way of life of Dzogchen—the Great Perfection tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Wallace takes us through a remarkable text by nineteenth-century master Düdjom Lingpa, The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers, and guides us in meditations that help us begin to discover the Great Perfection for ourselves.
Introduction to the Manual of Insight with Kamala Masters and Steve Armstrong
In this course led by respected insight meditation teachers Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters, you’ll be introduced to the Manual of Insight by the renowned teacher and meditation master Mahāsi Sayadaw. Through a series of video lectures and pre-recorded video conferences on this foundational text about the practice of mindfulness for developing insight, Steve offers clear guidance in navigating essential topics such as mental purification, deepening insights at increasing stages of momentary concentration, and the nature of nibbāna.
Sutra and Tantra: The Profound and Miraculous
In this extraordinary course, acclaimed scholar Robert Thurman explains Tsong Khapa’s essential points for understanding the union of relativity and voidness and the crucial instructions for the creation and perfection stages of Unexcelled Yoga Tantra. By guiding students through Tsong Khapa’s biography and his masterworks—Essence of Eloquence, Great Stages of Mantra, and Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp—Thurman brings to life and makes accessible the most profound aspects of Tsong Khapa’s teachings.
Bearing the Unbearable
When we love deeply, we mourn deeply. Over ten lessons, grief expert and Zen priest Dr. Joanne Cacciatore and Karla Helbert help us navigate our path through grief, showing us a model that allows us to be with our grief and, over time, transform it into compassionate action in the world.
Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living
Discover a range of methods for developing meditative quiescence, or shamatha, particularly as a foundation for dzogchen practice. You’ll learn how to practice mindfulness of breathing, how to settle the mind in its natural state, the practice of “shamatha without signs,” and much more.
Varieties of Buddhist Meditation
Discover the theory and practice of the different styles of meditation as taught in India and Tibet with acclaimed scholar John Dunne. You’ll learn:
- Theories about the nature of the mind, cognition, and emotions
- What role meditation plays in unobstructing our realization of the ultimate nature of reality
- A history of meditation styles from early mindfulness techniques to the development of Mahāmudrā in Tibet
- The role Buddhist meditation has in cultivating deep compassion
- How meditation can culminate in the integration of wisdom and compassion
- And much more!
Discover the “magical movements” (trul khor) of Tibetan yoga in this groundbreaking new course taught by Alejandro Chaoul. You’ll be guided through each yogic posture and movement while learning how to use your breath and physical body to serve the practice of meditation and the cultivation of genuine well-being.
Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition
Join renowned Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace to discover the Dzogchen tradition’s unique approach to shamatha and vipashyana through guided meditations and extensive oral commentary on the visionary writings of Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa.
Buddhist Philosophy in Depth, Part 2
In the second part of this three-part course with Jay Garfield, you’ll learn about:
- The famed teachings on emptiness or Madhyamaka, the philosophy of the Middle Way
- The influential Mind Only school of philosophy, or Yogācāra
- How Ancient Buddhist philosophers conceived of the mind and the phenomenal world, and how they debated their views
- How the influence and richness of Indian Buddhist philosophy helped spread the Buddha’s message throughout Asia
Cultivating Emotional Balance
Discover greater happiness and well-being using insights and methods drawn from both Western psychology and Buddhist contemplative practices in this course with Tibetan Buddhist teacher B. Alan Wallace and second-generation emotion researcher Dr. Eve Ekman.
Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions Part II
In this course with Ven. Thubten Chodron, read along with the book she coauthored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions and join in the discussion on the core teachings shared among Buddhist traditions. Build your knowledge of these teachings and gain insight into how they are understood by Buddhists around the world.
The Four Applications of Mindfulness
In this course we investigate the nature of human identity and the possibility of freedom through the Buddha’s foundational instructions on the cultivation of vipashyana, or insight. Alan Wallace presents the four close applications of mindfulness — mindfulness on the body, feelings, the mind, and phenomena — through rich pith instruction on selections from the Pali canon, Mahayana sutras, and commentary from the Vajrayana and Dzogchen traditions.
The Dharma of Social and Ecological Engagement
In this course we discover the path of socially and ecologically engaged Dharma practice. Delving into core Buddhist teachings on non-self, suffering, and karma, we address issues such as consumerism, the commodification of our attention, war, and climate change. We learn to integrate our individual Buddhist practice with the engagement our world desperately needs—a modern bodhisattva path.
Introduction to Feng Shui
Feng shui is an ancient art that is, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained, the second best way—after Buddhism—to help people. In this course with Jampa Ludrup you will learn how to maximize your outer environment for the best outcomes in all areas of your life. Ven. Jampa takes us through three schools of feng shui: the Form School, Compass School, and Flying Star School, sharing techniques from each that will help you transform your space so that it is conducive to manifesting good luck.
The Four Immeasurables, Part 1
In The Four Immeasurables Part I, you’ll learn about the theory and application of the first two of profound practices known as the Four Immeasurables, or the Divine Abidings (brahmaviharas): loving-kindness and compassion (the second two are sympathetic joy and equanimity, covered in Part 2 of this course).
The Four Immeasurables, Part 2
In part two of this rich two-part online course with B. Alan Wallace, you’ll continue your exploration of the four immeasurables—and beyond. This course covers not only empathetic joy and impartiality, but also weaves in teachings on Dzogchen and bodhicitta that will deeply enhance your practice of the Four Immeasurables.