Online Programs

Reading the Sutras: Following the Words of the Buddha

With Pema Gellek and Hugh Joswick, Ph.D.

October 27 - December 15, 2021
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT Reading the Sutras is an ongoing course that examines essential sutras in the Buddhist tradition. We read the sutras not as historical texts but as a practical encounter with the teachings of the Buddha. Our goal is to develop a respect for the sutra tradition and to foster an internal examination of how these texts can speak to our twenty-first century experience. This term we look at The Questions…

Guide to Chanting Tibetan Prayers (Online)

With Lama Palzang and Mark Henderson

October 27 - December 15, 2021
Learn how to chant traditional prayers in the Tibetan language. Practice materials will be provided showing the Tibetan text, phonetic pronunciation, and English translation. In addition to providing background teachings, students will be guided in the pronunciation, melody, and rhythm of selected traditional Buddhist prayers. Prerequisites: Sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings. (DHS114)

Buddhism & the Imagination

With Karin Meyers, PhD

October 27 - December 8, 2021
Wednesdays 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT   This course explores theories and uses of the imagination in Buddhist traditions, as well as perspectives on the imagination and its roles in human experience from a variety of modern academic fields (especially philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive science). Special focus will be given to the ways in which these theories shed light on various dimensions of human intelligence and well-being as it relates to our experience of…

Keys of Knowledge

With Pema Gellek and Hugh Joswick, Ph.D.

October 28 - December 16, 2021
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT Through the exploration of Keys of Knowledge by Tarthang Tulku we explore the ways we can embody knowledge and bring knowing to all aspects of our life. Through reading, discussion, and practice we can find new ways of understanding and cooperating with mind in order to develop our awareness, giving us a way bring deep mindfulness to our lives. Ideally, students will have taken Keys of Knowledge Part 1,…

Beginning Meditation: Inner Serenity, Inner Knowing

With Suellen Ehnebuske

October 28 - December 16, 2021
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PDT  As we take time to quiet ourselves, we may sense that there is a way to live with greater compassion, expanded wakefulness, and deeper inner wisdom. To meditate is to discover and support this inner knowing and serenity, freeing us to live with more balance and ease. In this class, beginning meditators will learn traditional meditation techniques to quiet and clarify the mind, including Kum Nye Tibetan yoga slow…

Opening the Heart in Prayer

With Maria Helena Kubrusly

October 30 - December 4, 2021
Saturdays 9:00-10:30 PDT Our conceptual mind and our hearts do not always talk to each other. This disconnect creates anxiety, doubt, and suffering. Therefore in this experiential course, we will encourage and explore powerful, wholesome thoughts, prayers, and devotional attitudes that can have a lasting impact on our lives. We will use selected readings from works by Tarthang Tulku, prayers, mantras, meditation, and Tibetan Yoga Kum Nye exercises to support our journey.  

Lotus Path: Bring Caring and Understanding into Everyday Living

With Bob Dozor, MD and Dr. Richard Kingsland

November 1 - December 3, 2021
Thursdays 5PM - 6PM PDT This six-week course introducing the Lotus Trilogy presents body, language and mind—three seemingly ordinary aspects of being human —as dynamic gateways to a new and richly satisfying way of being. Each week, we cultivate untapped aspects of these three vehicles and open their potential for our growth and insight. No matter what our outward circumstances, our daily lives can be joyful, and we can connect to the wisdom of our inner being. The method we use is unique…

30 Minutes a Day of Mastering Successful Work

With Wangmo Dixey

November 1 - December 3, 2021
This is a daily class on weekdays from 10:00 to 10:30 (PDT). How do we achieve our professional goals without losing focus on our work-life balance? How do we use our work as a spiritual path to mastering our own qualities of concentration, energy, and joy? We will set each day with daily meditation, use a daily journal to create goals around a personal individual project, and discover the blockages that keep us from achieving…