Classes (Online) 

Bring awareness practice into your everyday life. Classes are a wonderful way to cultivate a regular meditation practice or to engage with contemplation, inquiry, or deep relaxation of mind, body, senses over a longer period of time than afforded by a workshop or a retreat.

Please note that due to health concerns, we are holding all classes online. After you enroll, you will receive an email with the Zoom link from faculty about a day before your class begins. The same link will be used each week for your class. 

Winter Term (4 Weeks) 

January 11, 2021 — February 6, 2021

Meditation (MED)

Advanced Meditation: The Six Perfections (MED302)
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (January 11 – February 1)
The six perfections, or paramitas–generosity, discipline, patience, vigor, meditative concentration, and wisdom–describe the practices and training of a bodhisattva. In this advanced meditation class, we will spend time with each paramita for two weeks, continuing through the 4-week Winter and 8-week Early Spring Terms.
How can we activate the six paramitas? We will explore the Buddhist paramitas as applied practices, with the support of classics such as the Bodhicaryavatara and excellent commentaries like Path of Heroes, Atisa’s Lojong, 37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas, and Words of My Perfect Teacher.
Instructor: Lama Palzang. Cost: $72. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1829709

Beginning Meditation: Developing Inner Serenity (MED102)
Mondays 7:00-8:30 PM (January 11 – February 1)
Meditation is a practice that, when cultivated daily, allows us deep relaxation of body, and an openness and clarity of mind. When body and mind are integrated and balanced, we open to a different and wider perspective on our thoughts and perceptions. Through observing our experience clearly, gaining insight, we naturally change and grow, to become our best selves. In the process, we are able to let go of mental and physical habit patterns that don’t serve us, ultimately leading to enlightenment.
The class can stand alone or can be part of a year-long course designed to develop and sustain a daily meditation practice. You will be introduced to different traditional Tibetan meditation techniques including breath awareness, body movement (Kum Nye TibetanYoga), chanting mantras, and visualization, that support a deeper connection with your own being, strengthening inner confidence, sensing well-being. Includes talks to support the direct experience of meditation, class discussion and readings.
Instructors: Olivia Hurd and Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost: $72. Open to all.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1829750

Buddhist Studies (DHS)

Guide to Chanting Tibetan Prayers (DHS114)
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, PST (January 13 – February 3)
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.
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Mark Henderson. Cost: $72. Prerequisite: Sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1829769

Path of Liberation: Majestic Aspirations (DHS209)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, PST (January 12 – February 2)
The wish to free others from suffering can motivate us to overcome all obstacles to spiritual growth. For centuries Buddhist practitioners have expressed their wishes to aid all living beings through reciting prayers of aspiration. This term we will read and study a text known as the Sovereign Prayer for Enlightened Practice (Pranidhana Raja). This text reveals the vast scope of compassionate aspirations, inspiring us on our journey through life.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $72. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1829906

Reading the Sutras: Following the Words of the Buddha (DHS101)
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30PM (January 13 – February 3)
Reading the Sutras is an ongoing course that can be joined by anyone interested in learning about the essential sutras in the Buddhist tradition, particularly the Mahayana sutras. We read 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 study short texts from the Prajnaparamita sutras. We will read the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and the story of Sadaprarudita from The Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines and Its Verse Summary. These texts provide an introduction to the distinctive approach of the Mahayana tradition.
Instructors: Pema Gellek and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $72. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1829923

Kum Nye (KNR)

Beginning Kum Nye: Body of Knowledge: Relaxation and Vitality (KNR116)
Section One, Evenings: Mondays, 7–8:30 PM, PST with Abbe Blum (January 11–February 1)
Section Two, Mornings: Thursdays, 7–8:30 AM, PST with Anita McNulty (January 14-February 4)
This four-week series develops the flow of feeling in the four main energy centers, promoting healing and vitality through circulation of energy. This is the 3rd semester of the year-long Kum Nye program and is also a continuation of the Kum Nye Teacher Training sequence. While open to anyone, it is advisable to have prior Kum Nye experience.

Section 1: Monday Evenings, Abbe Blum. Cost: $72, Drop-in: $20/class.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1829970

Section 2: Thursday Mornings, Anita McNulty. Cost: $72, Drop-in: $20/class.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1829988

Advanced Kum Nye: Transforming Breath, Energy, Feeling (KNR301)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (January 12- February 2)
Advanced Kum Nye movement, breath, and visualization practices from Tarthang Tulku’s Joy of Being form the core of these classes. Exercises will be offered on different levels of engagement to challenge the advanced student. This course is an un-course, in the sense that it is a space of exploration best entered without expectations.
Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost: $72. Prerequisite: two years of Kum Nye practice.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1829990

Anatomy of a Kum Nye Exercise: #18 Hand Magic (KNR131)
Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 AM, PT (January 13 – February 3)
January term: this morning class meets weekly for 1 hour.
We will dedicate this 4-week term to developing and deepening a practice that is presented early in the book, but is not often explored in all its subtlety and interesting variations. We will work intimately with energizing the hands, the specific elements of the main practice, the breath, and inner awareness, until we can fully embody it. As we learn to appreciate different qualities of energy, how will this inform our life? Commitment to daily practice between classes is required to get the full benefit of this course.
Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $48. Prerequisites: completed at least one Kum Nye course or workshop, or with permission of the instructor.
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1845962

Intermediate Mixed Level Kum Nye: Joy of Being Body of Feeling (KNR209)
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30PM (January 14 – February 4)
Kum Nye practice can begin wherever you are. Joy of Being, 176
This four-week series is based on the Joy of Being chapter, “Bringing up the Agent of Awareness.” For the start of the new year, we will do practices that help us touch the roots of perception, relax the compulsion to respond to highly charged emotions, and develop the mindful alertness Kum Nye fosters.
Instructor: Abbe Blum. Cost: $72 Drop-in: $20. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Joy of Being. Prerequisite: familiarity with Kum Nye through at least one prior class or attending Sunday sessions.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830008

Nyingma Psychology (NPS)

The Way of Caring: Caring for the Mind (NPS223)
Thursdays, 7:00 –8:30 PM (January 14 – February 4)
Tarthang Tulku writes in Caring that “the source of our problems is the way we have learned to work with mind.” Can we find better ways to care for our own minds? In this four-week class, we work with practices from Caring and Dimensions of Mind, also by Tarthang Tulku, to explore how we can work with mind differently and come to a greater understanding of how we get caught in negative patterns. This class introduces elements from Dimensions of Mind that will be developed in the second half of the Way of Caring course. It is open to all those who care about their lives, meditation, and want a new way to work with mind.
Instructors: Pema Gellek and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $72. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830009

Nyingma Practices (NPR)

Dream Yoga and Authentic Communication (NPR103)
Wednesdays, 7:00 –8:30 PM (January 13 – February 3)
Although we spend many hours dreaming, we may awake with only vague memories of our dreams. Specific meditation and visualization exercises from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition can bring a special awareness into the dream state that heightens consciousness within dreams.
In this course we will be working with practices that relax body and mind and that open responsiveness in the throat area. In particular we will use a visualization practice given in Tarthang Tulku’s chapter “Dream Lotus” in Openness Mind, pp. 87-90.
Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost: $72. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830010

Tibetan Language (TIB)

Beginning Tibetan Level III (TIB103)
Mondays, 6:15 – 7:45 PM, (January 11 – February 1)
In this beginning language class, students continue studying grammar and working with selections from classical Tibetan texts.
Instructor: Mark Henderson. Cost: $72. Prerequisites: TIB102.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830012

Intermediate Tibetan III (TIB203)
Thursdays, 6:15 -7:45 PM, (January 14 – February 4)
Continued reading and translation of traditional texts and prayers in the classical Tibetan language.
Instructor: Mark Henderson. Cost: $72. Prerequisites: Beginning Tibetan Level V, or consent of the instructor.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830013

Advanced Tibetan: Advanced Study (TIB301)
Fridays, 4:30 – 5:45 PM, (January 15-February 5)
This advanced Tibetan course consists of continuing reading and translation in the classical Tibetan language. It is for those who already have a good grasp of grammar, vocabulary, and working with Tibetan texts. Note: No class on January 29th in observance of community retreat.
Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Cost: $54. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830014

Time, Space and Knowledge (TSK)

Time, Space and Knowledge: Being Time and Space (TSK108)
Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:45 PM (January 13 – February 3)
A continuing exploration of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space and Knowledge vision. We inquire into our presence as expressions of time, space, and knowledge. In a sense, we are activating and realizing our human potential as visionary beings. Our practice can inform our living and our living informs our practice. The primary text is Dynamics of Time and Space, although we will also engage other works by Tarthang Tulku in the TSK series. Anyone with an interest in exploring experience on a fundamental level is welcome.
Instructor: Ken McKeon. Cost: $72, Drop-in cost: $20, Open to all.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1845391

Early Spring Term (8 weeks)

February 15, 2021 — April 10, 2021

Meditation (MED)

Advanced Meditation: The Six Perfections (MED302)
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (February 15 – April 5)
The six perfections, or paramitas–generosity, discipline, patience, vigor, meditative concentration, and wisdom–describe the practices and training of a bodhisattva. In this advanced meditation class, we will spend time with each paramita for two weeks, continuing from the previous term.
How can we activate the six paramitas? We will explore the Buddhist paramitas as applied practices, with the support of classics such as the Bodhicaryavatara and excellent commentaries like Path of Heroes, Atisa’s Lojong, 37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas, and Words of My Perfect Teacher.
Instructor: Lama Palzang. Cost: $144 for Early Spring Term. Enrollment in the previous term’s class is encouraged but not required.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830017

Beginning Meditation: “Calm and Clear” (MED103)
Mondays, 7:00-8:30PM (February 15 – April 5)
This class will focus on quieting mind, as we practice meditations that encourage thoughts to become less intrusive. Clarity of mind naturally unfolds, leading to alertness and insight. We will use breath awareness, Kum Nye gentle body movement, chanting, and visualization as tools for transformation, and as support for cultivating a daily meditation practice at home.
Instructors: Olivia Hurd and Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost $144. Open to all.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830025

Intermediate Meditation: Making Meditation Effortless (MED201)
Please check back, this class is being rescheduled! 
This course guides supports intermediate practitioners in sustaining their practice.

Buddhist Studies (DHS)

Path of Liberation: An Awakened Vision of Being (1st quarter) (DHS201)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, PST (February 16 – April 6 )
This first quarter of the Path of Liberation Program is a journey into the Buddha’s vision of what embodiment means. The teachings illuminate the precious opportunity that our lives present and we will trace the path that the Buddha took to enlightenment. We will be introduced to the life story of the Buddha, the symbolism of the form of the Buddha, aspects of the Abhidharma, and fundamental practices and teachings on the Buddhist path.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost $164, includes two workshops. Open to all.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830029

Guide to Chanting Tibetan Prayers (DHS114)
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, PST (February 17 – April 7)
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.
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Mark Henderson. Cost: $144. Prerequisites: Sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830031

Reading the Sutras: Following the Words of the Buddha (DHS101)
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30PM (February 17 – April 7)
Reading the Sutras is an ongoing course that can be joined by anyone interested in learning about the essential sutras in the Buddhist tradition, particularly the Mahayana sutras. We read 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 study selections from the Avatamsaka or Flower Ornament Sutra, particularly from the last chapter called the Gandavyuha Sutra. This chapter describes the spiritual journey of the pilgrim Sudhana as he visits various bodhisattvas and is instructed on the path to full and complete buddhahood. Sudhana’s journey can be our journey toward awakening. Each encounter with the bodhisattvas reveals deeper meaning of the Mahayana path.
Instructors: Pema Gellek and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $144. Open to all.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830033

Kum Nye (KNR)

Beginning Kum Nye: Inner Balance: Integrating Body and Mind to Engender Wellness (KNR117)
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (February 15 – April 5) OR Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 AM (February 18 – April 8) 
This eight-week series tunes into deeper, more inside aspects of Kum Nye practice. Topics include: the senses as two-way channels; restoring and expanding energy; stabilizing the flow of feeling; and the treasures of everyday experience. This is the 4th semester of the year-long Kum Nye program. Kum Nye experience or permission of instructor is required. NOTE: Drop-in NOT available for this class. There are two sections of this class: Mondays Evenings (Abbe Blum) and one weekday morning—date, time and instructor TBA.

Section One, Evenings: Mondays, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, PST with Abbe Blum. Cost $144, NOTE: No Drop-ins. Register:
https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830034

Section Two, Mornings: Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 AM, PST with Santosh Philip. Cost $144, NOTE: No Drop-ins. Register:
https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1837474

Advanced Kum Nye (KNR302)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (February 16 – April 6)
Advanced Kum Nye movement, breath, and visualization practices from Tarthang Tulku’s Joy of
Being form the core of these classes. Exercises will be offered on different levels of
engagement to challenge the advanced student. This course is an un-course, in the sense that it is a space of exploration best entered without expectations.
Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost: $144. Prerequisites: Two years of Kum Nye practice.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830035

Anatomy of a Kum Nye Exercise: #42 Balancing the Body and #24 Being and Body (KNR130)
Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 AM, PT (February 17 – April 7)
Early Spring Term: This morning class meets weekly for 1 hour.
In this 8-week class we will work intimately with body, breath, senses, and awareness. #42 balances the body and stimulates energy in the toe, knee, thigh, and hip joints. #24 balances all aspects of experience. Exploring the variations in detail and developing these practices together will help us mine the richness of experience available to discover. Commitment to daily practice between classes is required to get the full benefit of this course.
Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $96. Prerequisites: completed at least one Kum Nye course or workshop, or with permission of the instructor.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830036

Intermediate Mixed Level Kum Nye: Joy of Being, Easening Practices (KNR210)
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (February 18 – April 8)
For our health and happiness, it is essential that we learn ways of relaxing and bringing ease to the mind and communicate directly with body and senses. Joy of Being,144.
This ongoing 2021 Joy of Being series features practice that promotes deep relaxation, giving mind space to be, while energizing the senses. This class also develops awareness that lessens the grasping quality that comes with perceiving and narrating experience. We explore redirecting energy that gets diverted into discomfort or negative patterning into positive action that relieves and empowers.
Instructor: Abbe Blum. Cost: $144. Drop-in: $20, Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Joy of Being. Prerequisite: familiarity with Kum Nye through at least one prior class or attending Sunday sessions.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830037

Nyingma Psychology (NPS)

Aging Wisely: Working with Emotions (NPS117)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (February 16 – April 6)
This Nyingma Psychology class will explore the potential for personal transformation unique to aging through meditation, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, and discussions, as we touch and deepen our connection to our inner resources. We will contemplate teachings of the Buddha, such as The Truth of Impermanence, to find meaning in our precious life right now, as we move closer to the mystery of death with greater wisdom and compassion for ourselves and others.
Instructor: Olivia Hurd Cost: $144. Open to all.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830039

The Way of Caring: Inner Resources for the Heart, Level 3 (NPS224)
Thursdays, 7:00 –8:30 PM (February 18 – April 8)
We concentrate this term on the inner healing that caring makes possible. If we could tap a secret joy in caring, we would have a great inner resource that could be a foundation for our well-being and happiness. Through reading, discussion, and practice we begin to develop communication with the heart that can transform our behavior into caring. If you have read Tarthang Tulku’s Caring before, or are new to his book, this class will deepen your understanding of caring and reveal its healing possibilities.
Instructors: Pema Gellek and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $144.
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1846051

Tibetan Language (TIB)

Beginning Tibetan Level IV (TIB104)
Mondays, 6:15 – 7:45 PM, PST (February 15 – April 5)
In this beginning language class, students continue studying grammar and working with selections from classical Tibetan texts.
Instructor: Mark Henderson. Cost: $144. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830455

Intermediate Tibetan IV (TIB204)
Thursdays, 6:15 -7:45 PM, PST (February 18 – April 8)
Continued reading and translation of traditional texts and prayers in the classical Tibetan language.
Instructor: Mark Henderson. Cost: $144. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830481

Advanced Tibetan: Advanced Study (TIB301)
Fridays, 4:30 – 5:45 PM, PST (February 19-April 9)
This advanced Tibetan course consists of continuing reading and translation in the classical Tibetan language. It is for those who already have a good grasp of grammar, vocabulary, and working with Tibetan texts.
Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Cost: $144. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830490

Time, Space and Knowledge (TSK)

Time, Space and Knowledge: Perspectives and Practices (TSK108)
Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:45 PM (February 17 – April 7)
A continuing exploration of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space and Knowledge vision. We inquire into our presence as expressions of time, space, and knowledge. In a sense, we are activating and realizing our human potential as visionary beings. Our practice can inform our living and our living informs our practice. The primary text is Dynamics of Time and Space, although we will also engage other works by Tarthang Tulku in the TSK series. Anyone with an interest in exploring experience on a fundamental level is welcome
Instructor: Ken McKeon, Cost: $144. Open to all.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1845398