Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Registration page - yearlong program

with Acharya Adam Lobel

September 14th—December 13th

Date details +
  • $775.00 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

There are still a few spaces available for this yearlong study group.

The next class meeting is on October 11th.  If interested, people may register at the $775 program price, or the $625 reduced price for those who can’t afford the program price. 

**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 Jess - no one will be turned away. Also contact her if requesting to pay by installments over 8 or 12 months.  Other non-financial questions about the course can be sent to Chuck.

Overview of the Year

We are delighted to announce the new yearlong [not a full year, but an academic year, ending in May] 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.

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

An opening weekend took place September 14-16, 2018, providing an introduction to the year of personal and collective training in the teachings, supported by study and practice. Teaching materials from the weekend will be available for those registering later.

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; 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: On the one-day seasonal retreats 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 questions/arrangements, contact Jess.   Other questions? Contact Chuck.


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.