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.

EARLY SPRING CLASSES

8 weeks: Monday, February 12 – Saturday, April 6, 2024

BUDDHIST STUDIES 

Sutra Study: Essential Teachings from the First Turning (DHS120)

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am, PT (February 14  to April 3, 2024)

Online only

This class is an ongoing introduction to the essential teachings of the Buddhist sutras. We present historical background on the sutras, read aloud key passages, and discuss the importance of the ideas and practices that the Buddha invites us to contemplate. We complement our discussion with guided reflections and meditations. 

 In the early spring term, we will look at a selection of essential suttas from the first-turning teachings of the Buddha, including the Brahmajāla sutta, short suttas like the Piyajatika and the Aggivacchagota sutta, and the lengthier Mahaparinibbana sutta. These texts from the Pali canon give a fuller context to fundamental concepts and precepts of early Buddhism. We look at the connected web of Dharma views and examine the nature of the Buddha’s life and parinirvana.

Instructors: Pema Gellek and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $144. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522438 

 

Deluded Mind/Awakened Mind (DHS208)

Term Six in the Path of Liberation Program

Tuesdays, 7:00  – 8:30 pm, PT (February 13  – April 2, 2024)

Online and In-person at the Nyingma Institute

“Within our consciousness, our mind, our presence, and awareness, the inner knowledge of enlightenment is available,” writes Tarthang Tulku. All the teachings of the Dharma are informed by knowledge of the inner workings of mind and awareness. Like a magical elixir, when Dharma unites with ordinary, deluded mind, awakened mind comes into view. In this class, readings from Śāntideva’s Bodhicharyavatara and Zhechen Gyaltsab’s Path of Heroes from Dharma Publishing, will guide and inspire our efforts to study and practice. The class includes two Saturday workshops: “The Perfections of Meditation and Wisdom” and “Turning the Mind to the Dharma.” It is open to all interested students.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $144. Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522440 



MEDITATION

 

Beginning Meditation: Opening to Inner Wisdom (MED104)

Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:15 pm, PT (February 21 – April  3, 2024)

Starts One Week Late, 7 Classes Only

Online Only

When we make the commitment to meditate, we are creating an opportunity to meet our moment-to-moment experience in very different ways than we usually do. Learning to meditate is an invitation to experiment and explore the inner space of meditative awareness and open ourselves to a path of inner wisdom and knowing. More than just being calm, meditation has the potential to stabilize the mind, relax the body and open our hearts to greater generosity and kindness toward ourselves and for others. 

In this 7-week class, we will learn traditional meditation techniques to quiet and clarify the mind, practices that widen our perspective, develop inner serenity, and balance the energy of body and mind. The class practices include Kum Nye Tibetan yoga slow movement exercises, silent as well as lightly guided meditations, chanting, visualizations, and reflections. All with a focus on cultivating awareness and widening our perspective of life. Aspiring meditators, beginning meditators and those with previous meditation experience who would like to stabilize a lapsed practice are most welcome.  Supporting text will be from Hidden Mind of Freedom by Tarthang Tulku.

Instructor: Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost : $105. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522465 



KUM NYE

Advanced Kum Nye: Joyful Energy and Conduct (KNR316) 

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT (February 13  – April 2, 2024) 

Online Only

“As soon as we perceive the body not simply as a physical machine but as an embodiment of values and responsiveness, we discover a way of being beyond the usual polarity of ‘existence’ and non-existence.”  Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, p.17  

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 discipline. 

 Cost: $144. Instructor: Santosh Philip. Prerequisite: two years of Kum Nye practice. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522467 

 

Anatomy of a Kum Nye Exercise: Massaging Mind, Part 2 (KNR138)

Wednesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 AM, PT (February 14  – April 3, 2024) 

Online only

We continue our exploration of the Joy of Being text, with Part Four: Massaging Mind. 

Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $105. Prerequisites: Kum Nye experience or permission of instructor is required. Cannot be taken on a drop-in basis. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522512 

 

All-Levels Kum Nye: The Healing Art of Kum Nye Practice (KNR121)

Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 AM, PT (February 13  –  April 2, 2024) 

Online Only

All levels are welcome to join this practice based session to engage in this wonderful practice together. The class will include postures, breathing, brief massage practices and working with the senses. If you are a true beginner, you are welcome to join, as some basic instruction will be included.

Instructor: Anita Mcnulty. Cost: $96. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522513 

Nine-Month Program 2023-2024 August 2023 – June 2024

Kum Nye Rhythm: Living the Kum Nye Experience (KNR552)

Early Spring Term 4: Opening Rhythms of Our Own Experience

Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 PM, PT (February 15 – April 4, 2024)

Online Only

How present are we to our own experience? Living the Kum Nye experience, we can swim within and yet be unconfined to  linear time,moving below the surface rhythms of past, present and future. Dancing and still, we can explore living in the present-ness of the present, with no need to own experience or hold onto anything. Theory and practice 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. Includes KN Rhythm Workshop  Saturday, March 9  1-4 PM.

Over 5 terms, from September through early June, we connect to and refine this

inner compass of Kum Nye. Practice and theory will be drawn from all 3 books:

Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, Joy of Being, and Kum Nye Dancing. One workshop per term is included, and there is a weekend retreat in early December.

Terms can be taken separately, but it is especially beneficial to take the full year.

There is a discount of 10% if you sign up for the whole program.

Instructor: Abbe Blum. Cost: $585 for the whole program, or $144 for the Early Spring Term. Prerequisite: at least one year of Kum Nye or permission of instructor. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522514 

Beginning Kum Nye: Inner Balance–Integrating Body and Mind to Engender Wellbeing (KNR185)

Mondays  6:00 – 7:30 PM, PT (February 12  – April 1, 2024) 

Online and In-Person at the Nyingma Institute

 This fourth term of introduction to Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga 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 term of the year-long Beginning Kum Nye program.

This is the fourth of five terms of the Kum Nye Teacher Training program, and it is also open to anyone who wants to learn or develop a Kum Nye practice.

Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $144. Kum Nye experience or permission of instructor is required. Cannot be taken on a drop-in basis. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522515 



NYINGMA PSYCHOLOGY

Knowledge of Freedom 9 month Program (NPS509)

Thursdays, 10-11:30 AM (PDT)/ 19-20:30 (CEST) (September 7 2023 – May 30 2024)

Online only

This Knowledge of Freedom (KOF) program is intended for students with sufficient experience in meditation and self-observation to make precise forms of introspection possible. In a very practice-oriented way, the KOF program investigates, step-by-step, the patterns and conditioning that dominate us individually and collectively. Working with the three vehicles of body, speech, and mind, the program cultivates the innate capacity of our hearts and minds for a realization that is not constrained by self-imposed limitations.

The program consists of 31 weekly classes, weekly self-observations and reading assignments, and 2 webinar-based weekend retreats.

The classes begin September 7, 2023 and conclude May 30, 2024.

  • Thursdays 10-11:30 AM (PDT)/ 19-20:30 (CEST)

Please note that there is no class on October 18, December 27, January 3, May 2, or May 9:  these breaks are partly different from our usual academic calendar as they are in sync with our Amsterdam center’s scheduling.

Two weekend retreats complete the program.

The retreats each consist of two webinars, with a webinar running 3 hours. Daily webinar times: 10 -13 AM (PDT), 7- 10 PM (CEST). 

Both retreats are included in the program cost. They can also be attended by those not taking the program for $115 or 105 euros.

Instructors: Abbe Blum, Elske Van de Hulst. Cost: $630 or €585 can be paid in 9 monthly installments of or $70 or €65 per month. Permission from instructors needed to join in later terms. Retreats can be taken by those not in the program. Email to request late registration. 



TIBETAN LANGUAGE

Advanced Tibetan Tutorial (TIB302)  

Fridays, 3:30 – 4:45 pm, PT (February 16  – April 5, 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=2522516 

 

Intermediate Tibetan Level VI (TIB206) 

Thursdays, 6:15 -7:45 pm, PT (February 15  – April 4, 2024)

Online Only

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

Instructor: Mark Henderson. Cost: $126. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Registration: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2522517