Frequently Asked Questions


90% of the theoretical work happens through online learning. It is about 500 hours of study.

You can take as much as one year to complete, but most students finish this part in a few months.

The practicum and internship is minimum of 6 weeks, longer is preferred.

We have seen people who study full time, totally dedicated, graduate in a 6 months. 

This question is dealt with in-depth in the Free course Introduction to Pneumapathy.

In Brief

Course fees are payable as you go. Each module has a different price. Depending on electives, the total cost for theoretical courses can be in the region of $3,000. Students from developing economies can apply for Study Grants from IAP.

Your costs for traveling, accommodation and other expenses depend on your lifestyle and the venue of the practicum and internship. Bahamas may be closer for some, but cost of living is higher. Cambodia is the most affordable in terms of cost of living. Western students in Cambodia can live on $400 per month. 

Pneumatherapy students must be able to fully comprehend the course material. 

Some of the material is technical (anatomy for example) and some is philosophical (Wayist, Yogic, Classical Western) and much of it is metaphysical (spiritual / otherworldly).

Pneumatherapy students must be able to fully comprehend the course material. 

We are not prepared to say that one needs a degree or a grade 12 education as prerequisite. We have pneumatherapists with PhDs and MAs, and we have equally successful pneumatherapists who never finished high school but took care of their own education in the school of life.

Take the free course Introduction to Pneumatherapy and get a feel for the level of the material before you decide.

Everyone can, in theory, but not everyone wants it enough to do it well enough to be certified and licensed. 

If you have a deep inclination to help people as a healer, and you have developed your skills to “feel” people, and you are committed to study a proper course and embark on a lifestyle of spiritual living as a helper, then you are almost there. 

Add to the above the caveat, if you believe in spiritual helper beings and in reincarnation, you can learn to do this work.

Yes, we have Christian pneumatherapist.

However, there are about 6,000 flavours of of Christian sects, so please check where your peace is at.

If you believe in reincarnation, as the ultimate Grace of the Divine, and you believe in Christ, angels and the Holy Spirit, then you will love to work as a pneumatherapist.

You don’t have to be religious, in the common sense of the word, to be a pneumatherapist.

However, you have to be a spiritually minded person. I am not religious and very few of my pneumatherapist friends go to temples, pagodas, wats and churches, but we are all deeply devoted to the spiritual life. 

Pneumatherapy is a Yogic tradition. However, some westerners have their own style that is not based on ancient tradition of ancient scriptures–some of those people will have a problem with pneumatherapy.

Yogic teaching from the Upanishads make it clear that gods, angels and deities are here with us. 

As long as you believe in the presence of spiritual beings, being available to us as  guides, then you can easily do this work.

We work with prana; we talk karma, dharma, maya, chakras, kundalini, nadis, dhamani, tantra, we have a lot of Sanskrit terms, we talk Wayism, Buddhism, Christian, Yogi philosophy, we know the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads and some Buddhist Sutras and Vedas and New Testament text. You will feel at home.


We rely a lot on the Daodejing and we experience the energies as Yinyang and we know LaoTzi and we work with the meridians and pressure points.

Furthermost, we work with Prana which is Qi in Chinese, we do Karman Active Meditation which is what Bodhidharma taught to the Shaolin monks. We have a lot in common.

You will feel very much at home.

Theravada Buddhists have a problem with Wayist and Pneumatherapy philosophy in that we believe all genders are equal. We believe it to be 100% okay for a woman to touch a buddha statue, or a monk, and to enter a temple or pagoda when she has her period. We believe women can become enlightened. We believe as the Lotus Sutra says, that through Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guanyin) Buddha appears as a women, a man, a god, a deity, a child, or whatever it takes to reach us and help us succeed in the school of life. We believe we have Divine help. Theravadins do not believe these things, so it is hard for them to be Pneumatherapists.

Mahayana Buddhists, of course slot in perfectly because it was within the 1st century reformation of Buddhism when Wayism and Mahayana broke with Theravada that Pneumatherapy was born.

We cannot say what people get paid, it depends a lot on the economy of the country in which they live.

In the USA, pneumatherapy clinics charge from$80 to $110 per hour. If you work in rural India you wont make that kind of money.

See the Wayist Spiritual Energy Center in Cambodia, they have rates on their booking page.

I guess that you grew up in a Roman Catholic society with a lot of Kandomble and other spiritual traditions of spiritual healing around you. You probably know about exorcism ad so on.

If that is the case, you will slot right in. We may be a bit more scientific, structured and disciplined than some of the folk religions but we very much work with the same energies, and we have great results with Brazilian clients.

Spiritual energies are often overlooked in healing. All too often we are visited by clients who are at the end of their lives or at the end of a long road, years of medical issues that go unresolved.

When we heal the spiritual energies, chakras and dhamani–often that is all that the client needed to truly heal from physical or mental ailments, and her symptoms disappear. In this, we played but a role in the larger scheme of things. True, we are not arrogant as medical science are, but we never claim to be the only healers in the universe, we are always only the facilitators of healing.  We see miracles every week.

Pneumatherapy works with the soul, the spirit.

We do not fall under medical, dental or psychological boards, controls and regulations.

In some countries Pneumatherapists are required to be ordained spiritual healers and register as such.

Some Pneumatherapists pursue studies to be ordained as Wayist Healers. In so doing they become religious workers who serve devotees as spiritual mentors, healers and lifestyle coaches.

Wayist Studies FAQ

How one becomes a Wayist is mostly like how one becomes a Buddhist or a Christian or a Hindu or a Republican or a Labour party advocate, or a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

One comes to a realization that that which one’s soul takes as her own, that which she sees as light on her path, has a name. And that name may be some form of Buddhism (there are several), or Christian (there are thousands), or Hindu (there are many paths) or Wayist (there is only one*).

That place your soul recognizes as her light on her path, that is the path you become.

Some spiritual movements want new members to be officially certified, Roman Catholicism for example.

In Wayism you are not expected to be officially certified as a member, but you are required to know the necessary tenets of Wayism. This, you can do by taking the course Introduction to Wayism.

If, for whatever personal reason, you want official recognition that you are a Wayist the path to that is not difficult.

Find a Wayist teacher and make your desire known. The international Association issues certificates of membership upon request.

This question has both Yes and No answers.

Yes, there is only one Wayism. It is the task of International Association of Wayist Organizations to keep Wayist teaching pure and simple as in its original form.

The ‘No’ part of the answer is more of a qualification than negation. Wayism is a worldview. It is like seeing the world through Wayist spectacles. When you take this view, Yogi philosophy, Buddhism and Christianity look different, one comes to what we think of as deeper understandings, deeper mystical wisdom, and all the world of that religion looks different. Some Wayists continue to serve their old religion but understanding it from a Wayist perspective. Those Wayists will refer to themselves as Wayist Christians, Wayist Buddhists or Wayist Hindus, for example. We even have Wayist Muslims, but they are of course not accepted by mainstream Islam.

You can be ordained as a Wayist spiritual leader.  Ordination is an office to which one is appointed, but studies and practice of Wayist teaching is necessary.

PrajnaParamita School makes available all the necessary courses of study required for ordination to be considered.

The first step to being ordained as a Wayist teacher, healer, counsellor, or life coach is to find a Wayist teacher. Make your desires known to him/her. Go with the flow.

Very much different. It’s about definitions, and that changes everything.

Wayism holds to original, ancient definitions of metaphysical laws like the Law of Karma, the Law of Dharma, etc. With the Wayist definitions, there is no room for the Business of Religion, no product to sell, no commercial gain, therefore no way to pay the salaries of priests and overheads of temples. There is no way to manipulate people, no guilt or shame or salvation to sell.

Furthermore, Wayism does not advocate obedience or obeisance to institutions and traditions. It teaches that one must own one own mind and if not, someone else will do it for you. It teaches to always think out of the box. It teaches that a great stumbling block in life is culturally conditioned thinking. Therefore, no king will enforce Wayism on his empire (viz. Ashoka, Emperor Constantine I, et al) and make it a popular religion as it were with Christianity and Buddhism.

PostGrad FAQ

Masters and Doctorate in Pneumapathy FAQ

Purpose: The purpose of a Masters in Pneumatherapy is to illustrate your in-depth knowledge of various aspects of Pneumatherapy. A Masters in Pneumatherapy prepares one to teach pneumatherapy, and is often required for this purpose.

How: There are two ways to go about earning a Masters in Pneumatherapy.

  1. Do four theses on four different topics over a period of no more than two years, about 6,000 words per paper.
  2. Do one larger thesis on a particular topic that relates to and encompass the wider field of pneumatherapy, about 20,000 words.

Where to start:

  1. Start by thinking about the topic(s) you want to study and write.
  2. Write a proposal (we have proposal guidelines available once subscribed to the program) about your topic(s). If the topic(s) is accepted, the committee will give you guidance and feedback to flesh out the proposal.
  3. Your final proposal will end up being about 80% of the work needed to complete the thesis. At this point you may be required to meet online with peers and teachers to defend your thesis.
  4. After final acceptance of the proposal by the committee, you write the thesis.
  5. Your final work belongs to the IAP and may be published with full credit to you. Your work may also be used for training purposes in the future.

Purpose: The purpose of a Doctorate in Pneumatherapy (Pn.D) is either to

  1. illustrate your in-depth knowledge of a particular aspect of Pneumapathy by original research,
  2. or make a ‘unique contribution’ to the field.

Unique contribution: The ‘unique contribution’ of Pn.D can be to flesh out a concept, or describe a concept, that has not been done before. It can be to do research to defend a new or previously stated but undefended hypothesis. It can be to contribute a body of work that will help schools to train students.

Word count:  Doctoral dissertations are usually no less than 40,000 words.

Process: Submit a proposal. The committee will guide you to flesh out the proposal. Write the dissertation. You have three years to complete the project.

Publication: Your final work may be used by IAP for publication and for training purposes. If you plan to have the work published as a book, you will have to make changes to the manuscript (add a foreword, add or subtract content) to make your published work materially different to qualify for an ISBN number in its own right. We have guidelines to help you.

College of Divinity

Academic institutions are typically governed by oversight and legislation at the state or national level. Some professional bodies (such as that for medicine, psychology, etc.) also add minimum standards for earning degrees from standard academic institutions.

Academic degrees are supposedly a universal testament of one’s proficiency in a field. This is supposed to help employers and the public to trust that the holder of the degree knows what s/he needs to know to do a particular job.

This ideal is however flawed in that the veracity of the academic statement of proficiency changes from one country to the next, from one university or college to the next. Nevertheless, this system is as good as it gets.

Apart from secular life, we have spiritual communities and organizations who need to do the same guarding of standards. Especially in the west, we don’t want to simply take a man’s beard, his frock and his word as proof that he is a learned Bishop, Priest, Yogi, Swami or Acharya. We want things easier, we want some standards by which to measure before we engage. Therefore, schools of divinity, as they are called, or siminaries, also confer degrees. These degrees are any time as legit or illegitimate, valuable or invaluable as another degree. In the end, we tend to look at the institutions behind the degrees to make a value judgement–and then, still, the individual holder of the degree is a human being with her own personality. 

Always take a look at the standards set by the schools. The hours and entry requirements.


The terms “thesis” and “dissertation” means similar things and are differently applied across the world. Because of the difference in application, these words take on the meaning of the context of the institution and/or country where it is encountered.

For the IAP (International Association of Pneumapathy) and Wayism International, the two bodies who set standards for our school, a thesis is the final paper presented for a Masters like Pn.M and MDiv qualification and a dissertation is what constitutes a Pn.D or DDiv program. 

A thesis will be approximately 20,000 words and a dissertation about 40,000 words while “contribution weighs more than word count”.

The word Seminary denotes a school of spirituality, religious doctrine and theology. The word comes from the Latin seminarium which means a place where seed (L. semen) is planted.

For the Wayist, we understand from Jesus’ teaching and the Vedas that the ‘seed’ in question here was planted by Brahman/God, in the heart chakra (Anahata) of the human being and it is from this level of Anahata consciousness that the seed will germinate so that the spiritual person (pneumatikoi) will be birthed. The concept of the “twice born”, as per Jesus’ teaching to Nicodemus, is also explained in the Vedas. The human therefore has the potential and ability to become enlightened.

Spiritual development of the student at Wayist seminary is at the center of seminary studies.

The other aspect of germinating seed is to prepare the student to germinate the seeds in the Anahata of devotees in the devotional community (L. ecclesia or Skrt. sangha). Therefore, preparing the student to become a teacher, seed planter, cultivator of seeds in the hearts of devotees.

Degrees offered by Wayist seminary schools are a statement that the conferee is proficient in the skills and spiritual awareness according to the spiritual tradition of the movement. That is, one knows a LOT about spirituality of one’s own tradition.

Academic degrees from a school of divinity are therefore not as universal a statement as that of, for example, the fields of engineering or psychology or education, but are particular to, and valid only in the specific spiritual Tradition of the school.

Academic degrees in Divinity in the Wayist tradition study study Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, the Bible, the Vedas, Doadejing, meditation styles, healing, Yogi philosophy and so on. However, most western degrees in divinity study only the very particular flavor of Christianity of the degree granting institution.

BDiv degrees from Prajnaparamita School of Divinity is awarded after  completion of 600 hours of online studies, exams and papers. This is equivalent to the time spent on a secular Bachelor of Arts degree.

If credits are transferred from another institution or program (such as Pneumatherapy), at least 200 hours of study must be completed in the BDiv program.

Credits from other institutions are typically awarded for some of the hours spent on religious studies, world religions, philosophy of religion, pneumatherapy, Buddhist studies, Hindu studies, Daoist studies, Yogi Philosophy, Biblical studies, Sanskrit, Koine Greek.

Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv) degree from Prajnaparamita School of Divinity is awarded after completion of 600 hours of online studies, exams and papers. This is equivalent to the time spent on a secular Bachelor of Arts degree.

Because universities and colleges determine how many classes students may take in a week, their programs force students to spend about four years to complete the 600 hour program for a BA degree.

At Prajnaparamita School, in general we do not dictate your pace. You study at the pace best suited for you.

Example 1: To complete 600 hours of study, if you do it at a pace of 5 hours per week, which is about the maximum for a college or university, you will complete the course in about 120 weeks (two years) and if you take summer holidays and all other breaks, you may end up with almost 4 years.

Example 2: To complete 600 hours of study, if you do it at a pace of 30 hours per week (a normal working week for other people is 40 hours), you will complete the course in about 20 weeks. Yes, it is true. There is only about 4 months of work on that so-called 4-year degree.

At Prajnaparamita School, you decide your pace.

Master of Divinity (MDiv or M.Div) degree is awarded as the first professional degree in Divinity. You will need this degree to teach the spiritual tradition and instruct aspirants in the various aspects of spirituality on this Path.

Master of Divinity typically are ordained by Wayism International in one or more roles within the devotional community.

Those who hold Wayist Master of Divinity train and teach devotees not only in theology and metaphysical laws but also different meditation styles, different sub-paths best suited for the individual (read upaya), and act as lifestyle coach, relationship guidance, and more.

Master of Divinity may specialize or go the general direction. One can specialize in areas such as philosophy, yoga, priesthood, metaphysics, or sangha. 

Doctor of Divinity (DDiv; Latin: Doctor Divinitatis) is an advanced or honorary academic degree in divinity. Some institutions use the abbreviation of the designation (DD) or (PhD) for the same.

Prajnaparamita School confers the Doctorate of Divinity (DDiv) degree to spiritual scholars of the divine arts who have satisfied the requirements.

Doctor of Divinity (DDiv), by definition, is absorbed in spirituality, putting to practice the divine art of living, and transformation of the human as it advances the mystical wisdom of the spirit.

In comparison with Master of Divinity that has to illustrate mastery of the subject matter at hand., Doctor of Divinity typically makes unique contributions, adding to the body of knowledge.

Doctor of Divinity (DDiv) is not the same as Doctor of Theology (ThD), which is a research degree awarded by academic institutions. Doctor of Theology studies are by definition not necessarily involved in spirituality, putting in practice the divine arts of living, and transformation of the human as it advances the mystical wisdom of the spirit, which is what the Doctor of Divinity is by definition.

There are several ways in which a (DDiv) can be earned.

  1. Research and dissertation published as a book.
  2. Credit for past work, with dissertation published as a book.
  3. Unique contribution dissertation published as a book.
  4. Body of work, published as articles, training materials and books.

Prerequisite: It is required that a Doctor of Divinity student already have a Master of Divinity from Prajnaparamita School before entering the (DDiv) Program.

It is only in formal, professional settings that one would addresses a person by her title.

This however differs from one culture to the next. In some cultures, even outside the workplace or campus, it is considered rude to not add the titles Professor and Doctor to a person’s name even if you have no idea what she is a doctor of. In those cultures, at times, even military ranks above Captain became part of people’s everyday civilian status.

In the USA and Canada, for example, for the average person the only doctor they care to acknowledge is the one with a prescription pad, but they do know about PhDs. 

In general:

  1. Use titles in settings where the title is significant. Don’t call an Episcopalian priest Father if you are not Episcopalian and you are not in his church setting, and he is not your dad. 
  2. Don’t necessarily call a surgeon doctor when you are on the golf course, unless he will soon be doing your vasectomy.
  3. Give people a break, no mentally stable person wants to be “on” 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
  4. Use the abbreviation Dr. in written communication when you address the person. “Dear Dr. Peter Pan”.
  5. Use the postnom DDiv when referring to someone in writing. “The foreword was written by Professor Peter Pan, DDiv” or “Peter Pan, PhD”.
  6. Never use Dr. and PhD or DDiv together as in “Dr. Peter Pan, DDiv”. 
  7. In the correct context, where you find yourself in a workplace or academic situation, address the person as “doctor Pan”.
  8. Remember to not write “Doctor Pan” because his birth name is not Doctor, we address him verbally as doctor. In writing use “Dr. Pan”.
  9. Err on the side of caution when you live in a country where ignorance is not rewarded or desired.