Introduction to Buddhist Yoga: The Subtle Body and the Vajra Rosary Tantra

July 22 - July 24, 2022

David Kittay

Robert A.F. Thurman

Michele Loew

Buddhist Yoga is the science and practice of learning and mastering the energy-winds of the subtle body and the use of mantra to create the conditions for enlightenment. Most of us will not undertake the advanced practices described in the Vajra Rosary Tantra in this life, but knowing a little about this path may be useful in deciding where to go in one's spiritual practice.  We'll take an intensive look at this system over three days and combine this with some introductory yogas and meditation.  Though practice of this tantric advanced system must always be under the supervision of an authentic guru, we will begin to learn about this system of yoga, one of the treasures of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.David Kittay and Robert Thurman will provide expert instruction in the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of Buddhist yoga, while advanced yogini Michele Loew will offer practical instruction and daily yoga. This course is designed for those wanting a comprehensive introduction to the subject matter, though the course is useful for people at all levels of familiarity with Buddhism and yoga.Click Register Now above if you wish to register to attend in person at Menla. If you are unable to attend in person and wish to attend online-only, CLICK HERE to register for our online option.
ScheduleFriday, July 22
  • 3 - 6 pm Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Opening Discussion (Kittay & Thurman)
Saturday, July 23
  • 7 - 8:45 am Vajra Yoga Practice (Loew)
  • 9 - 10 am Breakfast
  • 10:15 am - 12:15 pm Morning Teaching (Kittay)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 4 pm Free Time for Spa Appointments, Relaxation, or Self-Study
  • 4 - 6 pm Teaching (Thurman)
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Discussion (Kittay & Thurman)
Sunday, July 24
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 7 - 8:45 am Vajra Yoga Practice (Loew)
  • 9 - 10 am Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:30 pm Closing Discussion (Kittay & Thurman)
  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time.


David Kittay

Dr. David Komodo Kittay teaches philosophy, religion, and technology at Columbia, where his courses are called "life changing". He translates exoteric and esoteric Buddhist texts, serves as a Tibet House US Board member, and founded The Harlem Clemente Course for the Humanities a...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...

Michele Loew

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr. & 500 Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (anatomy & ph...



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