Integrating Flow of Feeling in the Energy Centers

May 13 (1–4 PM) 

Practices in this 3 hour workshop stimulate awareness and address tension in the head, throat, heart and belly centers. Learning how energy flows through or may be blocked in various centers, we can encourage positive energy, clarity, and more balance in our lives. This workshop is intended to support the Kum Nye students taking the weekly Working with Energy Centers class. Others are welcome to join in

Cost: $40. Instructor: Abbe Blum. Open to all levels of students.

Resolving Problems

May 13 (10 AM-4:45 PM) 

“By testing and refining understanding, we experience directly for ourselves how knowledge works. In time we find knowledge in our hands and in our voice; we know it so closely that there is no need to seek it or even give it names.” Tarthang Tulku, Mastering Successful Work.

Are your thoughts helpful? Do they resolve your problems at home and work? Why do some problems never get resolved and some situations seem hopelessly complex? Innovative cognitive and experiential exercises in this workshop show us new ways of thinking that address our problems directly. We feel better about ourselves and open new windows of opportunity.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s, Mastering Successful Work. Open to all levels of students.

Increasing Brain Health through Tibetan Yoga

May 20 (10 AM-4:45 PM)

What is good for the brain is good for the whole being. This workshop presents an integrated program of Tibetan Yoga movement, breathing, and awareness exercises that can increase the healthy functioning of the brain. You will also learn about foods that nourish brain health and how exercise and good sleep patterns can rejuvenate the brain.

Recent research studies provide clear evidence that regular meditation, healthy eating, exercise, and a positive mental outlook slow the aging process in the brain—allowing us to stay healthy and happy longer. Writer Jeffrey Kluger recently wrote in Time Magazine that, “Deciding to live better, it increasingly seems, is the same as deciding to live younger.” Tibetan Yoga helps us to do just that: decreasing stress and negative thinking, while increasing circulation throughout the body as it opens the senses to positive stimuli. Tibetan Yoga instructor, physical therapist, and nutritional consultant Donna Morton has successfully worked for many years with students and clients battling illness and physical limitation. She firmly believes that we are never too old or too young to make healthy lifestyle changes. Says Donna, “Tibetan Yoga offers techniques and approaches that simultaneously benefit body and mind. This is a powerful combination that can be utilized directly to increase brain functioning and health at any age.”

Cost: $80. Instructor: Donna Morton. Open to all levels of students.

Honoring the Buddha

May 27 (10 AM-4:45 PM)

This workshop will focus on meditations and prayers that connect us to awakened presence. Devotions directed in this way can cleanse the dark ignorance and frustration of desire and aversion, transforming mind into a precious receptacle for realization. Staying balanced within this open and responsive space, each thought and each dimension of experience conveys radiance and the visible blessings of the Buddha.

Cost: $80. Primary Instructor: Lama Palzang

Prerequisite: Sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.

Jan. 20-21 / Visions of Enlightenment (DHS401)

This workshop explores ways to connect with enlightened being: Visually, through a slide show on Tibetan sacred art; experientially, through mantra and meditations that evoke the Buddha; and cognitively through considering the three specific aspects of a Buddha’s embodiment.

DHS401 Visions of Enlightenment, January 20–21 (Friday, 7–9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–4:45 PM) 

Cost: $95. Instructors: Mark Henderson and Santosh Philip. Friday, 7–9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–4:45 PM. Open to all with a sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.

Jan. 14 / How to Meditate (MED401)

Meditation is the process of self-discovery. On one level the meditation experience shows us the patterns of our lives—how we have carried on our emotional characteristics since childhood. But on another level it frees us from these patterns, making it easier for us to see our inner potentials. Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance.

This half-day workshop provides basic instruction in meditation and allows time to discuss how to sustain or renew a regular meditation practice. You will learn how to sit and focus the mind in silent meditation. You will also learn how to utilize Tibetan chanting in meditation. This workshop is a good introduction to the unique Nyingma approach to self-development, an approach that emphasizes individual responsibility and freedom.

MED401 How to Meditate, January 14 (10 AM–1 PM)

Cost: $45. Instructor: Olivia Hurd. 10 AM–1 PM, followed by lunch. Suitable for beginning or intermediate students wishing to establish a regular meditation practice.