Dreamlike Enlightenment: Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective with Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Nov
3
to Nov 9

Dreamlike Enlightenment: Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective with Tsoknyi Rinpoche

I will be leading recap sessions at Tsoknyi Rinpoche's 2017 Garrison Institute retreat. For more information and to register please visit: 

https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/programs/10290/dreamlike-enlightenment-understanding-illusion-from-a-dzogchen-perspective/

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Everyday Wakefulness: Deepening (or Beginning) Your Meditation Practice with Scott Tusa, August 11th at the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion 7:00pm-9:00pm
Aug
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Everyday Wakefulness: Deepening (or Beginning) Your Meditation Practice with Scott Tusa, August 11th at the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion 7:00pm-9:00pm

  • Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2,600 years ago an Indian prince awoke to a truth, one so simple yet so subtle, he felt the need to stay silent and that no one would be able to comprehend this truth. Entreated to teach, the prince who would eventually come to be known as the Buddha or awakened one, turned the wheel of the teachings on this profound truth, ushering an abundance of spiritual wealth and goodness into our world. All of this benefit and goodness was not the result of material progress or social upheaval, but instead was the fruit born of one man’s inner transformation.

Through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion we will explore this inner transformation, diving deep into the Buddhist path of liberation, and meditation practices that grow our mindful awareness, emotional resilience, and how we can bring greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. All are welcome.

For more information, please visit: http://www.drepunggomangusa.org

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Real But Not True, An Exploration Into Anatta & the Nature of Identity, Saturday August 5th 10am-4pm Against the Stream East Hollywood
Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

Real But Not True, An Exploration Into Anatta & the Nature of Identity, Saturday August 5th 10am-4pm Against the Stream East Hollywood

The Buddha described freedom from the bondage of our disturbing emotions as a stance-less stance: “With the fading away of ignorance and the arising of true knowledge one no longer clings to sensual pleasures, no longer clings to views, no longer clings to rules and observances, no longer clings to the doctrine of self.” - the Cula-sihanada Sutta

This is known as the Buddha’s famous lion’s roar, and comes about through a process of ethics, meditation, and deep investigation into the nature of identity, the self, and the world. It proclaims that any and all of our experiences of body and mind can become the ground for our awakening, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. 

In this day-long retreat, we will explore the Buddhist path of liberation, and the teachings on Anatta (non-self) in an atmosphere of compassionate awareness. The program will provide meditation instruction, Dharma teachings, and time for Q&A/discussion. All are welcome. 

For more information and to register, click here: bit.ly/2tHB83y

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Four Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm July 11th-August 1st, Against the Stream Santa Monica
Aug
1
7:30pm 7:30pm

Four Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm July 11th-August 1st, Against the Stream Santa Monica

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

https://www.againstthestream.org/santa-monica/

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Four Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm July 11th-August 1st, Against the Stream Santa Monica
Jul
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

Four Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm July 11th-August 1st, Against the Stream Santa Monica

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

https://www.againstthestream.org/santa-monica/

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Developing Resilience Through the Buddhist Path: A daylong of teaching and meditation with Scott Tusa, Saturday July 22nd 12pm-4pm, InsightLA Santa Monica, CA
Jul
22
12:00pm12:00pm

Developing Resilience Through the Buddhist Path: A daylong of teaching and meditation with Scott Tusa, Saturday July 22nd 12pm-4pm, InsightLA Santa Monica, CA

"Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation." The Buddha

2,600 years ago an Indian prince awoke to a truth, one so simple yet so subtle, he felt the need to stay silent and that no one would be able to comprehend this truth. Entreated to teach, the prince who would eventually come to be known as the Buddha or awakened one, turned the wheel of the teachings on this profound truth, ushering an abundance of spiritual wealth and goodness into our world. All of this benefit and goodness was not the result of material progress or social upheaval, but instead was the fruit born of one man's inner transformation and resilience. 

Join us for a daylong on how to develop emotional and spiritual resiliency through the Buddhist path. We will explore various Buddhist meditations and topics including the four noble truths, the four immeasurables, calm abiding meditation, and more. This daylong will focus on a combination of experiential learning and meditation practice, digging deep into our felt experience, thought patterns, perceptions, emotions, and how we can bring greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. 

This class is appropriate for all levels, though some experience with meditation would be helpful. 

Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Crestone, Colorado. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology nationally and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal. For more information please visit: https://scotttusa.com 

Location Details:

InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd. 
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday. 
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.

Cost:

Sliding scale from $10 to $40.00 per person.

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.

Please note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us by emailing programs@insightla.org.

https://www.insightla.org/schedule_details.asp?event_id=5412

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Four Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm July 11th-August 1st, Against the Stream Santa Monica
Jul
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Four Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm July 11th-August 1st, Against the Stream Santa Monica

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

https://www.againstthestream.org/santa-monica/

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Compassion and Wisdom in Everyday Life: Deepening (or Beginning) Your Meditation Practice, Saturday 1:00pm-4:00pm July 15th, Torrence, CA
Jul
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

Compassion and Wisdom in Everyday Life: Deepening (or Beginning) Your Meditation Practice, Saturday 1:00pm-4:00pm July 15th, Torrence, CA

  • 5137 Zakon Road Torrance, CA, 90505 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2,600 years ago an Indian prince awoke to a truth, one so simple yet so subtle, he felt the need to stay silent and that no one would be able to comprehend this truth. Entreated to teach, the prince who would eventually come to be known as the Buddha or awakened one, turned the wheel of the teachings on this profound truth, ushering an abundance of spiritual wealth and goodness into our world. All of this benefit and goodness was not the result of material progress or social upheaval, but instead was the fruit born of one man’s inner transformation.

Through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion we will explore this inner transformation, diving deep into meditation practices that grow our mindful awareness, emotional resilience, compassion, and how we can bring greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. All are welcome!

Space is limited, please RSVP:

Contact: Suzanne Barrett

Email: Thebarrett52@gmail.com

Phone: (310) 387-8388

Cost: There is a suggested donation on a sliding scale basis from $25-$50 based on what you can afford. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Four Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm July 11th-August 1st, Against the Stream Santa Monica
Jul
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Four Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm July 11th-August 1st, Against the Stream Santa Monica

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

https://www.againstthestream.org/santa-monica/

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Poison as Antidote: Working with Anger, Attachment, and Confusion with Eve Ekman, Saturday July 8th 10am-4pm Against the Stream San Francisco
Jul
8
10:00am10:00am

Poison as Antidote: Working with Anger, Attachment, and Confusion with Eve Ekman, Saturday July 8th 10am-4pm Against the Stream San Francisco

From the Buddhist perspective, the three ‘poisons’ of anger, attachment and confusion are said to be the root disturbing emotions that all other destructive emotions arise from. They are identified as ‘poisons’ because they contribute to our dissatisfaction, and often disturb any hope for clarity and calmness in our mind. From the Western Psychological perspective we see how difficult emotions pervade our daily life, and how we often seek ways to avoid and distract ourselves away from feeling the contents of difficult experiences.

Our day long will be a highly experiential training to identify and examine these three ‘poisons,’ and find antidotes from within. You will be guided through both Buddhist contemplative and western scientific approaches to working with destructive emotions, learning to soften to our challenging emotions and mental states. There will be guided meditation, discussion, and reflective writing throughout the day. Join us, as we use our emotional life as a tool for transformation. Bring your emotions!

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Real But Not True, An Exploration Into Anatta & the Nature of Identity, Sunday June 25th 10am-4pm Against the Stream San Francisco
Jun
25
10:00am10:00am

Real But Not True, An Exploration Into Anatta & the Nature of Identity, Sunday June 25th 10am-4pm Against the Stream San Francisco

The Buddha described freedom from the bondage of our disturbing emotions as a stance-less stance: “With the fading away of ignorance and the arising of true knowledge one no longer clings to sensual pleasures, no longer clings to views, no longer clings to rules and observances, no longer clings to the doctrine of self.” - the Cula-sihanada Sutta

This is known as the Buddha’s famous lion’s roar, and comes about through a process of ethics, meditation, and deep investigation into the nature of identity, the self, and the world. It proclaims that any and all of our experiences of body and mind can become the ground for our awakening, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. 

In this day-long retreat, we will explore the Buddhist path of liberation, and the teachings on Anatta (non-self) in an atmosphere of compassionate awareness. The program will provide meditation instruction, Dharma teachings, and time for Q&A/discussion. All are welcome. 

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Half-day on the The Four Seals of Buddhism, Saturday 1:00pm-5:00pm June 24th, Insight Santa Cruz
Jun
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Half-day on the The Four Seals of Buddhism, Saturday 1:00pm-5:00pm June 24th, Insight Santa Cruz

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this half-day program, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

http://www.insightsantacruz.org

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Retreat: Dreamlike Enlightenment, Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective with Tsoknyi Rinpoche
May
11
to May 17

Retreat: Dreamlike Enlightenment, Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective with Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche often quotes an ancient teaching of the Buddha:  “My dreamlike form appears to dreamlike beings to show them the dreamlike path that leads to dreamlike enlightenment.” If even enlightenment is said to be dreamlike, what is it to be fully awake, free from all illusion, yet with a heart full of compassion?  Rinpoche will teach on these profound themes in this retreat from a Dzogchen perspective. This is an open retreat, and no prerequisites are necessary for registration. Rinpoche does require that all students attend all teaching sessions. No partial attendance is allowed. This is a silent retreat. 

I will be giving recaps of the teachings at this retreat.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://tsoknyirinpoche.org/programs/10278/dreamlike-enlightenment-understanding-illusion-from-a-dzogchen-perspective/

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Compassion and Resilience, May 6th, Tibet House New York City, 4pm-6pm
May
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

Compassion and Resilience, May 6th, Tibet House New York City, 4pm-6pm

We all experience emotional and physical difficulties at various points in our lives. Compassion is not only our ability to bear witness to the difficulties of ourselves and others when they come up, but overtime, it can become the very basis for how we view and hold ourselves within the world. As a result of this we can experience a type of grounded resiliency that can engage challenges with more ease and wisdom, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. Join us for an evening of meditation and discussion, accessing and deepening our connection to the compassionate heart.

https://tibethouse.us/event/compassion-resilience-open-audiences-scott-tusa/

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Retreat: Ngöndro Teaching and Practice Intensive
May
1
to May 6

Retreat: Ngöndro Teaching and Practice Intensive

  • Padma Samye Ling Retreat Center (map)
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Ngöndro are the foundational practices of Vajrayana Buddhism combining to form a set of powerful methods for bringing about deep and profound inner transformation. The practices primarily focus on clearing away obscurations and accumulating merit, two activities that contribute to the recognition and stabilization of our enlightened nature. Although these practices are meant to prepare the practitioner for the Vajrayana and Dzogchen paths, they are also complete within themselves, continuing to benefit us throughout our lives.

This retreat will be held in partial silence. Each full day will be divided into sessions that combine instruction and practice for deepening both our understanding and experience of ngöndro. The focus will be on the Barchey Künsel ngöndro liturgy from the Chokling Tersar, however the teaching and practice sessions will be applicable to anyone’s dharma practice as they will cover in depth major Buddhist themes. The instructions will also be applicable to any ngöndro liturgy within the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. This retreat is open to all, though previous experience with sitting meditation and Tibetan Buddhism is recommended.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://2017ngondroretreat.wixsite.com/ngondroretreat

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Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco
Apr
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

Cost: $20 per class or $90 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana). Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

http://www.againstthestream.org/

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Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco
Apr
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

Cost: $20 per class or $90 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana). Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

http://www.againstthestream.org/

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Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco
Mar
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

Cost: $20 per class or $90 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana). Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

http://www.againstthestream.org/

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Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco
Mar
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

Cost: $20 per class or $90 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana). Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

http://www.againstthestream.org/

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Daylong: Compassion and Resilience in Difficult Times, Saturday March 18th 10am-4pm Against the Stream San Francisco
Mar
18
10:00am10:00am

Daylong: Compassion and Resilience in Difficult Times, Saturday March 18th 10am-4pm Against the Stream San Francisco

 

We all experience emotional and physical difficulties at various points in our lives. Compassion is not only our ability to bear witness to the difficulties of ourselves and others when they come up, but overtime, it can become the very basis for how we view and hold ourselves within the world. As a result of this we can experience a type of grounded resiliency that can engage challenges with more ease and wisdom. Join us for a day of meditation, Dharma talks, and discussion, accessing and deepening our connection to the compassionate heart.

Cost: $35-75 sliding scale, plus dana (donation) to support the teacher. Scholarships are available. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco
Mar
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Five Week Class Series: The Four Seals of Buddhism, Tuesdays 7:30-9pm March 14th-April 11th, Against the Stream San Francisco

All compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are painful, all phenomena are empty of self-existence, and nirvana is beyond extremes. These are the Four Seals of Buddhism. In general, these four seals, or characteristics are what distinguish Buddhism from the infinite ways we can view our internal and external worlds. In practice, these ‘seals,’ become a path to work with our everyday perceptions, thoughts, and emotions, bringing greater efficacy in overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. In this series, we will explore these four seals together through periods of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

Cost: $20 per class or $90 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana). Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

http://www.againstthestream.org/

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