Courses

Winter Quarter:  January 7 – March 15, 2019

Classes run for 10 weeks. We will be closed from January 20 – 23 for a community retreat.

Classes are 10-week series. There are 3 which allow drop-ins: Sunday 10 AM Kum Nye; Friday 10 AM Kum Nye with Peggy Kincaid; Tuesday 6:15 PM Time, Space, Knowledge with Ken McKeon.

Please visit our CALENDAR page for a day-by-day course schedule, and for the full Academic Calendar. 

Buddhist Studies (DHS)

Exploring the Heart of Mahayana (DHS214)
Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM (January 7 – March 11)
Mahayana sutras, with their poetic and visionary ways of questioning and expanding reality, can elude our attempts to parse them conceptually and yet speak beautifully and directly to our hearts. Working with English translations of classic Mahayana sutras, we will engage in pure listening and heartfelt discussion regarding the ineffable “what” that these classics of the second-turning of the Dharma point towards.

In this course we will be working with the Avatamasaka Sutra, also known as the Flower Ornament Sutra. New students with a strong interest in Sutra study are welcome to join.

Cost: $162. Instructor(s): Bob Byrne. No class on January 21.

The World as Sacred Space (DHS210)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (January 8 – March 12)
Powerful Buddhist symbols point toward a comprehensive vision in which the universe itself arises as a mandala. We explore this vision, studying how every aspect of experience can be transformed.

Cost: $202. Instructor(s): Hugh Joswick and Mark Henderson. Prerequisite: DHS209 or equivalent. Includes two workshops — Path of Prayer to the Land of Bliss on Feb. 2 and Power of Buddhist Symbols on Feb. 23. No class on January 22.

Guide to Chanting Tibetan Prayers (DHS114)
Thursdays, 1:30–3 PM (January 31 – March 14)
This class presents a special opportunity for individuals to learn chanting of traditional prayers without prior knowledge of the Tibetan language. Practice materials will be provided showing the Tibetan text, phonetic pronunciation, and English translation. In addition to providing background teachings, Lama Palzang will guide students in the correct pronunciation, melody, and rhythm of selected traditional Buddhist prayers.

Cost: $126. Instructor(s): Mark Henderson. Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.

Meditation (MED)

Advanced Meditation: Deepening Ease and Stability (MED310)
Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM (January 7 – March 11)
This 10-week course is for practitioners who would like to focus on developing shamata, calm abiding meditation. Deepen your relaxation, alertness, and stability through this time-tested, classic technique for developing balanced concentration. We will start with a few Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga practices before easing into silent sitting.

Cost: $162. Instructor(s): Santosh Philip. Prerequisite: Three years of meditation experience, or consent of the instructor. No class on January 21.

Beginning Meditation: Developing Inner Serenity (MED102)
Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 PM (January 10 – March 14)
Meditation allows us to tap a deep source of inner peace that can protect us from suffering and frustration. Through sitting meditation, walking meditation and mantra practice, you will learn to relax tension and cultivate equanimity.

Cost: $180. Instructor(s): Santosh Philip. For beginners and those wishing to review basic techniques.

Intermediate Meditation: Opening the Path (MED214)
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 PM PM (January 9 – March 13)
“Meditative awareness is accessible to all who search for it; it can always be reached by delving into the nature of experience… But this may be very difficult to understand without first knowing how to transmute our emotions and how to transcend our obstacles. When we can do this, then all that we do will be helpful.” Tarthang Tulku.

This course looks at how to identify and overcome the most common obstacles to meditation: sleepiness, overactive thoughts, and “dreaminess,” in order to strengthen concentration and awareness. In the process, we expand our understanding of meditation to include all aspects of experience. Readings from Openness Mind.

Cost: $162. Instructor(s): Hugh Joswick. Prerequisite: One year of meditation experience or consent of Instructor. No class on January 23.

Intermediate Meditation: Overcoming Obstacles (MED202)
Wednesdays, 10–11:30 AM (January 9 – March 13)
In this course students learn to overcome the most common obstacles to meditation: sleepiness, overactive thoughts, and “dreaminess.” The course also includes practices and teachings that further develop concentration and awareness.

Cost: $162. Instructor(s): Pauline Yu. Prerequisite: One year of meditation experience or consent of Instructor. No class on January 23.

Kum Nye (KNR)

All-Levels Kum Nye: Awakening and Healing through the Senses (KNR109)
Fridays, 10–11:30 AM (January 11 – February 22)
As we practice Kum Nye and deeply relax, the physical body and senses coordinate and integrate with mind. We become acquainted with stillness. We discover presence and vitality as the basis of our inner nature. Together we explore the operation of our senses as two-way channels that help integrate and heal the division between our inner and outer environments.

Cost: $126. Drop-in: $18/class. Instructor: Peggy Kincaid.

Discovering and Healing Ourselves through Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga (KNR111)
Mondays, 7–8:30 PM (January 7 – March 11)
This second semester of the year long introduction to Kum Nye focuses on Kum Nye exercises that activate a positive healing process that nurtures us mentally and physically, contacting and integrating body and mind. Practices promote deep relaxation, stimulation of body and sensory awareness, and also relieve tension and blockages in physical, subtle energy, and emotional systems. Prior Kum Nye courses or experience is recommended but not required.

Cost: $162. Instructor(s): Abbe Blum. Open to all levels of students. No class on January 21.

Intermediate Kum Nye: The Joy of Being (KNR206)
Thursdays, 7–8:30 PM (January 10 – March 14)
Embodying Kum Nye: Re-Engineering the System

“Day and night, in crowds or alone, we can use our senses to practice distilling the pure juice of all perceptions and experiences, and allowing all the dross to drop away. When we learn how this works, Kum Nye can truly make our day.” Joy of Being, p. 60.

This second semester of introduction to Joy of Being works with Part 3, “Senses and Perception,” to begin to “reverse-engineer” negative, unbalancing patterns and ineffective inner programming. We explore Kum Nye practices and meditations that open up space in our tight pressured existence so we can create a new home of feeling. We can skillfully shape our lives in positive ways, and establish more control of our time and our lives.

Cost: $180. Instructor(s): Abbe Blum. Prerequisites: This course is intended for those with some experience of Kum Nye through Sunday Kum Nye programs, or beginning Kum Nye courses. Or consent of instructor.

Advanced Kum Nye: Transforming Breath, Energy, Feeling (KNR301)
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM (January 8 – March 12)
Breathing and movement exercises stimulate and direct the energy of body and mind; visualization practices awaken and sustain inner vitality; and meditation practices foster serenity. These practices are simple and yet profound, gentle and yet deeply transformative.

Cost: $162. Instructor(s): Santosh Philip. Prerequisites: two years of Kum Nye practice. No class on January 22.

Nyingma Psychology (NPS)

Exploring Dimensions of Mind (NPS114)
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (January 10 – March 14)
Tarthang Tulku challenges our usual ways of thinking about meditation and the nature of the mind. He asks us to move to a deeper understanding of the nature of mind and see how we have come to accept and embrace limitations that prevent access to a deeper way of knowing.In this class, we explore exercises from Dimensions of Mind that open the treasures of mind and awaken the knowledge of inner freedom.

Cost: $180. Instructor(s): Hugh Joswick.

Time, Space, Knowledge (TSK)

Time, Space and Knowledge: Perspectives and Practice (TSK108)
Tuesdays, 6:15 – 7:45 PM (January 8 – March 12)
Winter Is upon us. Trees are bare, light is spare. Yet in January we typically think of resolving to turn over a new leaf. The paradox might prompt us to look more carefully and openly at just how our lives unfold. The teachings of TSK, especially those oriented towards Time, can be a good friend in such an effort. If you are intrigued, come join the ongoing inquiry Tuesday evening 6:15-7:45.

This course consists of experiential forms of inquiry into our presence as expressions of time, space, and knowledge.

Cost: $162. Drop-in: $18/class. Instructor(s): Ken McKeon. No class on January 22.

Tibetan Language (TIB)

Beginning Tibetan I (TIB101)
Tuesdays, 1:30–3 PM (January 29 – March 12)
Working from an unpublished Tibetan language guide created by Dharma Publishing, this class introduces students to basic Tibetan for reading and translating classical Tibetan. Please note that this is not a modern spoken Tibetan language course, rather our focus is on learning the language in order to engage with Buddhist prayers and texts.

Cost: $126. Instructor(s): Mark Henderson.

Intermediate Tibetan II (TIB202)
Fridays, 7–8:30 PM (January 11 – March 15)
In this course, students prepare translations of alternating passages and present their assigned sections to the class. This is a small, supportive group, ideal for engaging sacred texts and the Tibetan language in an approachable and hands-on way. It also includes some review of basic grammar.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Mollie Hughes. Prerequisite: Intermediate Tibetan Level I, or consent of the instructor. You should have enough knowledge of Tibetan to look up words and also understand the basics of grammar. Referencing English translations for help is expected.

Tibetan Tutorial: Advanced Study (TIB301)
Fridays, 4:30 – 5:45 PM (January 11 – March 15)
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.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.