“To begin to know something new, we must first realize that there is something we do not know.” -Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom
We welcome guests of all levels of experience to join us in spiritual study and practice. Classes are deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhist teachings and are designed to create the conditions for the exploration of your inner environment. Curiosity and an open mind is all that is required. Beginner and expert level students welcome. Remember, different classes occur on different days, so plan your visit accordingly. No prior registration necessary. Class Schedule and location is subject to change.
Experience a completely different style of yoga, one designed to reconnect your body, mind, and senses. Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) is a gentle healing system that relieves stress, transforms negative patterns, and helps us to be balanced and healthy. Components of the class include simple (though not necessarily easy) postures and mindful movements, as well as working with the breath and meditation. Perfect for those who enjoy a slow, meditative, and relaxing path to balance and harmony. Class held in the Yoga Room
Like a warm embrace from an old friend, coming home to the body can help loosen tightness and tension, and open our hearts to the love and joy that ultimately lives within us. This playful ashtanga inspired yoga class will balance energizing asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath work) to invigorate, strengthen, and confidently take up residency in our bodies. All levels welcome, but be prepared to move, sweat and smile! Class held in the Yoga Room
Many of us suffer from achy knees, hips, shoulders, backs and ankles. As opposed to our muscles (yang), which are flexible and respond best to quick, rapid exercise, the connective tissue that create our joints (yin) is much more dense and respond best to slow, mindful holds for longer periods of time. Yin yoga is the marriage of physical asanas (postures) and the meridian system of ancient Chinese medicine. This slow paced, meditative class will help you better understand your joints and offer you the tools to keep them strong and healthy as they continue to support you on your spiritual journey. Class held in the Yoga Room
“All of us want the best out of life. We want to be happy and healthy, to truly enjoy and appreciate our work. Yet, while we strive for these things, we often end up dissatisfied.” -Tarthang Tulku, Skillful Means. The Buddha discussed at least four things we can feel appreciation towards: (1) the good within ourselves, (2) the good within others, (3) the blessings of being born human and (4) the many advantages and opportunities we enjoy. This class will combine theory and practice based in the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. You’ll leave with practical tools and suggestions to incorporate your discoveries into your daily life. Class held in the Medicine Buddha Classroom
Tension is normal, stress in not! Seventy five percent of Americans say they are stressed out at work. If you’re not in the lucky 25%, learn what steps you can take so that you can be! During this interactive and exploratory session, we will open a discussion about bringing awareness to the way we work and interact so that we can defuse our habitual reaction to the things that cause us stress. Based on Skillful Means teachings from Tarthang Tulku, you will get a taste for an approach to work and life that is not just a ‘how-to’ method, but a potential transformation into a new way of being. Class held in the Medicine Buddha Classroom
Meditation is an ongoing practice of self-knowledge that attunes us to our true inner nature. Once we experience even a glimpse of this nature, we naturally begin to live more meaningful and harmonious lives – lives that benefit ourselves and others. This class will introduce the basic components of sitting meditation: posture, relaxation of the body, awareness of the breath, and neutrality toward thoughts and other mental activity. Based on Hidden Mind of Freedom by Tarthang Tulku. Class held in the Library