Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: A Yearlong Learning Community of Deep Study and Practice, with Adam Lobel, PhD

September 14th—September 16th

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  • $1100.00 Patron Price
  • $875.00* Program Price
  • $625.00** Special Price
  • If the reduced price (labeled as Special Price when registering) is an obstacle, please contact Veronica - no one will be turned away
Room: WPFC Carriage House


Please use this page to register for the yearlong program.  If only attending the first weekend, please register on the weekend program page.

*The program price of $875 may be paid in installments. If entire program fee is paid in advance of start date, participants will receive a $100 discount.

**Please don’t let finances be an obstacle to attendance. At the same time, please consider that the Center and teacher need your support for this year-long program. If the reduced price (labeled as Special Price when registering) is an obstacle, please contact Veronica - no one will be turned away.

Overview of the Year

We are delighted to announce the new yearlong study and practice of classical Buddhist teachings on meditation, philosophy, and compassionate action. We will deepen our understanding of the theoretical background of Buddhist practice through a study of themes such as Buddhist psychology, selflessness, perception, ethics, mind, emptiness, and compassion. We will cultivate our understanding and experience of bodhicitta, the awakened heart of the warrior, as a foundation for a more wise human society. Core texts will include both traditional Buddhist literature as well as contemporary commentaries such as The Profound Treasury by Chögyam Trungpa.

This year of study and practice is for anyone seeking a more advanced understanding of the (“Hinayana” and Mahayana) Buddhist traditions. For students in Pittsburgh, this will be the most in depth Buddhist training we have yet offered. The year includes an opening weekend retreat, five one-day retreats, and bi-monthly gatherings facilitated by Adam Lobel (or selected hosts).

Co-Creating A Community of Wisdom and Compassion: Opening Weekend

The weekend is an introduction to the year of personal and collective training in the teachings, supported by study and practice. During this weekend of meditation and talks, we will also offer a range of options for how the community would like to proceed. In this way, the year will be co-created together, where each participant will help to shape the specific emphasis of the learning community. We aspire to be a living community of practice, collectively embodying the teachings in how we communicate and shape the year.

  • Friday, 09/14, 7pm - 9 pm
  • Saturday, 09/15, 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday, 09/16, 9am - 5pm

Learning Circles

Learning Circles are study salons for the Wisdom, Compassion, and Space year. These circles will also have opportunities to practice the teachings as a team through service, by holding the container for center events and programs, as well as other possible community engagements beyond the center. This becomes the basis for truly turning the heart of compassion outward for the benefit of others. 

Dates for bi-monthly circles: Oct 11, 25; Nov 8; Dec 13, 27; Jan 10, 24; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14, 28; Apr 11, 25


One-Day Seasonal Retreats

There will be five one-day retreats, which will provide an opportunity for deeper study and exchange about the teachings, including:

  1. Autumn Season: Opening to the Dharma (10/27/18, 9am to 5pm)
  2. Winter Season:  The Path of Liberation (12/01/18, 9am to 5pm)
  3. Spring Season: Awakened Heart (03/02/19, 9am to 5pm)
  4. Spring Season: The Wisdom of Emptiness (04/06/19, 9 am to 5pm)
  5. Early Summer Season: Joining Wisdom, Compassion, and Space (05/04/18, 9 am to 5pm)

Heart gift: We will provide an opportunity to express appreciation for Dr. Adam Lobel’s teaching by collecting a monetary gift for him.

Additional programs of interest: See Refuge Vow, November 10-11, 2018 (which will be integrated into the Simplicity Retreat weekend) and Bodhisattva Vow (date to be announced).

For financial arrangements, contact Veronica.  Other questions? Contact Chuck.

Bi-monthly learning circle evening datess, 7 PM-9 PM: Oct 11, 25; Nov 8; Dec 13, 27; Jan 10, 24; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14,28; Apr 11, 25

About the teacher:  Adam Lobel, PhD, Harvard University, is a scholar of philosophy and religion and a longtime meditation practitioner and teacher. His research focuses on meditation practice and pedagogy in the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and modern phenomenology, and he is active in ecological and social justice movements. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons.