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Dear CIHS Community Members,

Southern California is getting cooler. Now, Thanksgiving and the holiday season are right around the corner. We just wanted to express our deepest gratitude to you all - students, community members, and faculty. Without your continued support, CIHS would not exist. We enter the holiday season grateful for your presence in our community.
We have some announcements and important information in this newsletter. First, Dr. Hope Umansky announces our Open House scheduled on December 8th, 2017. The next article is from Dr. Ji Hyang Padma updating CIHS community events along with our student, Kristi Inzunza, who is working as a social media coordinator for CIHS.
Our other announcement is an exciting research launch for Dr. Paul Mills, one of CIHS' Board of Directors. Dr. Paul Mills has a crowd-funding site on his research projects. This is a time sensitive announcement so please take a look at this announcement if you are interested in Dr. Mill's cutting edge research. .
Please read CIHS' additional announcements detailing our events and administrative tasks in the rest of the newsletter as well.
We will announce Winter course schedule in next newsletter. The Winter quarter 2018 will start January 8th, 2018.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!
Hideki Baba, Ph.D.

Message from the Dean 

Dr. Hope Umansky 

Happy Fall. We are well into the Fall quarter and will be announcing Winter quarter classes soon. As we move into this holiday season, CIHS wants to focus on strengthening our bonds in the community and with each other. As CIHS grows and continues to pursue WASC accreditation (where there is much happening behind the scenes) building a strong internal and external community connections are vital to CIHS thriving.
CIHS's Annual Holiday Open House will be Friday December 8, 2017 from 530-730. It is our hope that our community can show its support and strength, as the Board of Directors will be there, too. It is a wonderful way to connect with our community and touch base on what the past year has brought forth for us academically, professionally and spiritually. If you are curious about what CIHS is about and our graduate and research culture, we invite you to come. Everybody is welcome to attend. I look forward to seeing you there.
Please RSVP to Tamiko about the holiday event no later than November 25, 2017 at
More details about this will follow.
If you have any questions about how CIHS graduate degrees can help integrate your passion about spirituality with a rigorous academics course of study and how that can help create career options you may not have thought possible.
Thank you.
Please email me if you have any questions.

Hope Umansky, PhD
Dean of Academic Affairs
Director, Psychology Program


Community Event Updates

Dr. Ji Hyang Padma  
At CIHS, we are in the midst of an exciting Fall Season of Community Events, which provides us with the wisdom and inspiration to create change in our lives and in our communities--
  • This Sunday at 7:30 pm we welcome Deep Sound Meditation, he largest and longest playing sound meditation in the country.  Participants in Deep Sound Meditations report healing on many levels, a nourishing and rejuvenating relaxation and often transformative insights. Proceeds benefit the Bishwa Seva Foundation and CIHS. $20. More information can be found here:
  • On Wednesday, November 8th at 7 pm we welcome the Healing Circle, a grace-filled evening of community energy- work practitioners who freely share the sacred gift of healing.
  • On Sunday, November 19th at 7:30 pm we host Journey to the Self, with Guenther Krammer. Guenther, also known as "Good Voice Elk" will be offering a shamanic Journey.  Guided by the sound of the drum, participants will have the opportunity to journey deep within, to uncover inner resources. More information can be found here:
  • Also, our weekly Tai Chi class with Master Richard Hsu continues to support our community's evolution. This class takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30- 10:30. More information can be found here
Behind the scenes, CIHS student Kristi Inzunza serves as our Social Media Coordinator, bringing these events into the public spotlight. Through her hard work we now have a bright and beautiful calendar, and a sparkling Facebook presence. Follow us here.

And, we have a Facebook group just for CIHS students to connect with each other. Invite your friends to like our page, and widen our circles of connection. The gifts of CIHS increase as we weave that web of interdependence.
Right now, Kristi Inzunza has traveled abroad, to support our cultural exchange with other transpersonal programs. Where is she? Guess correctly, and win the contest currently going on upon our Facebook page.  

Dr. Paul Mills' Research Funding Site Launched
CIHS board member and UCSD's own Dr. Paul Mills is a preeminent researcher in alternative and cutting-edge research.  Our own Paul Mills has just published a study in the prestigious journal JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) on his study examining Glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp pesticide.
Paul has just launched a cloudfunding campaign to fund his next study on Glyphosate.  It is all over the news now (please see links below).

Funding Page


San Diego Union Tribune

Course at CIHS

Animated discussion during CIHS's Biofeedback certification course, October 21, 2017.  Left to right: Gaetan Chevalier (faculty), students: Michael Scott, Michelle Leuschen, Julie Dargis, Federico Miraglia.

Cool things CIHS Administrators are doing


Tuesday October 10, CIHS Administrators toured Bastyr University and met with Bastyr leadership to explore collaborative relationships mutually beneficial to both institutions.  Photo in the Bastyr meditation room.  Left to right: Joseph Subbiondo (CIHS Strategic Growth Advisor), Ji Hyang Padma, Nicole Moreno (president Bastyr University San Diego), Hope Umansky, Thomas Brophy.

Community Event Updates
Thomas Brophy with Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma, on CIHS campus October 18, after Shinzan's illuminating talk initiating the CIHS Community Events Series, "The Way-Seeking Mind" including topics such as the nature of dharma transmission.