Classes (In-Person & 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.

All classes are online; a select number are hybrid (both online and in person) based on the discretion of the instructor. 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.

SUMMER CLASSES

8 weeks: Monday, June 17 – Saturday, August 10, 2024

BUDDHIST STUDIES 

Opening Mind (DHS218)

Term Eight of the Path of Liberation Program

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM, PT (June 18 – August 6, 2024)

Online and in person at the Nyingma Institute

 We introduce the open character of mind expressed in the Mahayana tradition and begin to ponder the meaning of emptiness (sunyata) in our experience. The class includes one Saturday Workshop “Making Mind the Matter.” Part of the Path of Liberation program but open to those with some background in Buddhist thought and history.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $126. Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2571353 



MEDITATION

Intermediate Meditation: Teachings from the Heart (MED222)

Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, PT (June 20 – August 8, 2024)

 7 sessions, no class on July 4

Online and in person at the Nyingma Institute

“The mind remains an untapped treasury of boundless knowledge. Now, as the world draws closer together, it is time to look within, to understand the workings of mind and use mind to enrich not only our own lives, but the lives of all future humanity.”

— Tarthang Tulku, Teachings from the Heart

 Tarthang Tulku has published numerous books that ask us to explore the dimensions of mind and encourage efforts to bring more beauty and joy into our lives. This term we will read, practice, and discuss essays on meditation from Teachings from the Heart, a collection of articles, interviews, and prefaces to books that he has written over the years. This rich volume offers intriguing insights and instructions for developing meditation and turning toward the Dharma that will be appreciated by all those inspired by Rinpoche’s work. Teachings from the Heart can be purchased from Dharma Publishing.

Instructor: Hugh Joswick. Cost: $126. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2571711 

 

KUM NYE

Advanced Kum Nye: Generating Great Happiness from Within (KNR304) 

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT (June 25  – August 6, 2024) 

Online Only

“Meditation can elevate the yogic practices of Kum Nye into sources of inconceivable bliss so rarified that it goes beyond thought and beyond any sense of self or location in time and place ” – Tarthang Tulku, Joy of Being 

In this year-long series for experienced Kum Nye practitioners, we will approach each of the six perfections through Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga as embodied forms, feelings, and movements. 

The six perfections are the practices of a bodhisattva, one who has oriented their entire being to pure altruism and awakening. This term’s class is inspired by and will playfully explore the paramita of Meditative Concentration.

 Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost: $144. Prerequisite: two years of Kum Nye practice. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2571724 

 

Anatomy of a Kum Nye Exercise: The Joy of Being Part Five: Movement Practices (KNR140)

Wednesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 AM, PT (June 19 – August 7, 2024)

Online Only

In this 8-week class we will focus on Part Five: Advanced Movement Practices. What makes Joy of Being movement practices distinct from the exercises in Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga? We will utilize The Joy of Being Workbook as an additional resource. This is a collaborative exploration for those with a genuine interest in this material. Each week will include readings, practice and discussion.

Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $96. Prerequisites: at least one Joy of Being course or workshop. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2571726 

 

Living the Kum Nye Experience: Befriending All Experience:  Dancing in Space (KNR554)
Four Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, PT, (June 20, 27, & July 11, 18, 2024)
Online Only

“Once we become familiar with the experience of Kum Nye and know how to surrender to calmness and inner peace, there will be no need for further instruction or guidance. Kum Nye will reveal itself naturally. the process will continue to develop and become deeper and vaster. “
                        Ch.24 “Surrendering to Calmness”  – Tarthang Tulku, Joy of Being 

Kum Nye Rhythm  continues its exploration of dancing in space for four weeks this summer term. 

Kum Nye invites befriending our experience, gaining access to deeper rhythms of our being while continuing to give mind space to be. We practice “rejecting nothing, accepting, nothing, setting up nothing— guidelines for relaxation that open wide the gateways to meditation” (JB p.188). We will also take up joyful expression of the unity of body and mind, beginning to dance in space. Theory and practice is drawn from Joy of Being, Kum Nye Dancing, and Gesture of Great Love —with key teachings from the 2022 Osnabruck Living the Kum Nye Experience international retreat.

Instructor: Abbe Blum. Cost: $72. Prerequisite: at least one year of Kum Nye or permission of instructor. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2571882 



TIBETAN LANGUAGE

Advanced Tibetan Tutorial (TIB302)  

Fridays, 3:30 – 4:45 PM, PT (June 21  – August 9, 2024) 

Online only

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: $120. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2571885 

 

Intermediate Tibetan Level VI (TIB206) 

Thursdays, 6:15 -7:45 pm, PT (June 20  – August 8, 2024)

Online Only

Continued reading and translation of traditional texts and prayers in the classical Tibetan language. 

Instructor: Mark Henderson. Cost: $144. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Registration:  https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2571886