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AnCIENT Secrets to Success


Money comes from Giving
Happiness comes from being Kind
Beauty comes from Patience
Leadership comes from Enjoying your Work
Peace comes from Meditation
Freedom comes from Wisdom

And Love accomplishes all these Goals
 


-Arya Nagarjuna

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AnCIENT Secrets to Success


Money comes from Giving
Happiness comes from being Kind
Beauty comes from Patience
Leadership comes from Enjoying your Work
Peace comes from Meditation
Freedom comes from Wisdom

And Love accomplishes all these Goals
 


-Arya Nagarjuna

Asian Classics Institute makes the foundational, profound, and transformational teachings of the Buddha available to the world

Stewards of classical Asian traditions in the lineage of Je Tsongkhapa. We train teachers; produce teaching events; archive original works, translations, and recordings of teachings; and distribute this material worldwide

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Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events


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The Great Escape Retreat
Freedom from the 6 Problems of Life

April 13-22, 2018
Diamond Mountain Retreat Center

In the pristine, high desert of Arizona, we will go into a 10-day retreat to gain freedom from the 6 Problems of Life, forever. We will learn how these problems show up in our lives, how we obviously and subtly perpetuate them, and how we can escape from them with powerful methods to increase our practical wisdom and compassion.

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The Five Mysteries
Master Kamalashila series

April 24-27, 2018
Diamond Mountain Retreat Center

During the last two years, in silent retreats, we’ve learned and meditated upon the great ideas of the Diamond Cutter Sutra.  We’ve used the ancient Indian commentary of Master Kamalashila, with secrets that haven’t been explored for over a thousand years. In the final teaching of this series, the Buddha answers five mysterious questions from his student, Subhuti.

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Navigating The Great Journey
Understanding the Wheel of LIfe

July 18-25, 2018
Guadalajara, Mexico

Geshe Michael Roach returns to Mexico for the Gift of Liberation series, taught originally by Pabongka Rinpoche in a 24 day lecture in the early 20th century. With exquisite detail and breath of knowledge, Geshe Michael Roach brings these teachings alive to modern audiences and how to live them in our daily lives.

 

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Wisdom
Part One | Nagarjuna's Most famous Text

October 15-18, 2018
Diamond Mountain Retreat Center

Starting in October, Geshe Michael Roach will begin a new translation of Master Nagarjuna's (~250AD) masterpiece, simply titled Wisdom. Following the success of the Master Kamalashila retreat programs, we will begin an intensive study of this text, and offer a deep retreat experience at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center. Each day, we will have one in-depth class early in the morning that will lead into a full day's practice in the quiet, serene, high Arizona desert.

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ACI Teacher Training
Meditation Mastery Level 1

October 4-13, 2018
Diamond Mountain Retreat Center

We have been developing a course of study that expands the core ACI teachings into a comprehensive meditation curriculum. We will be teaching the steps to meditation mastery, from the first time someone sits on the cushion to still the mind, to the highest forms of meditative investigation into wisdom. This curriculum will transform how ACI offers programs worldwide, and expand the type of programming we produce and the audiences we can reach. 

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The greater Way
PAradise in the palm of your hand

December 8-15, 2018
Thailand

During this beach side retreat at a Thailand resort three hours from Bangkok, we will work together to learn about the greatest way to help us find purpose and prosperity in our life. We will use the ancient wisdom from the famous book of Pabongka Rinpoche called A Gift of Liberation Thrust into the Palm of your Hand.  We will be covering every word carefully, along with daily yoga and meditations, a fire offering for peace and many other great activities.

 

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Programs


Programs


Teacher Training 2018

The ACI teacher training will be a focussed program covering the 18 ACI foundation courses, with emphasis on teaching methods, program production, effective communication, and relationship with students.  The first one will be scheduled in 2018. 

Translation 

More than 200,000 pages of brilliant commentary have been composed by masters and scholars in the Tibetan language. The aim of this project is to create and guide a team of students to translate these great classics. We’re beginning by translating into English, and from there, the work will be easily translated into modern Chinese, Spanish, German, Russian and many other languages.

Digital Archives

The digital archives is an active collection of audio and video recordings of teachings by Geshe Michael Roach and his teachers, along with his translations and commentaries on scriptures created by the great masters of Buddhism.  All of this material is accompanied by the original Tibetan and is freely available for download on this website and on our sister site, The Knowledge Base.

Community Outreach

ACI's mission also includes putting the teachings into practice and taking them out into our communities to directly serve others. In Arizona, there are many immigrants who struggle to make a living and to have access to education ACI supports programs to help the children of immigrants, with language instruction, funding for higher education initiatives and other support programs in underserved communities.

Foreign study 

Since 2004, the Foreign Study Program, started by Geshe Michael Roach,  has sent over 50 students to a number of institutions abroad to study Tibetan language, culture, and religion. Previous participants are now active translating and teaching this material.  Students who cannot afford to go receive scholarships for airfare as well as for room and board.

Scholarships 

Our goal is to make the teachings accessible to everyone, regardless of financial capacity.  Each year, we support many students on full and partial scholarships. Up to 25% of the participants in our programs are on one of the many types of grants we offer.

 

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Get Involved


Get Involved