Workshops (Online)

Please note that due to health concerns, we are holding all programs online. Please register as early as possible in order to ensure that your workshop will run, as programs must meet minimum enrollment conditions. Our suggested registration deadline for workshops is one week in advance. After you enroll, we’ll send you the link to join online — usually this is sent a few days before the date of the workshop. 

Fall 2020

 

 

September 11-13, 2020
Listening to the Body: Relaxation through Learning to Feel [Kum Nye Teacher Training]

“The key to both our internal integration and a balanced relationship with the world lies within our feelings and sensations. We can nurture and heal both our bodies and minds by touching our feelings deeply and expanding the flowing rhythms they bring us, for they are linked to the vitality of the universe itself.” – Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga “The Inner and Outer Massage of Feeling” p.4

This foundational workshop, based on Part One of Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga – Theory, Preparation, Massage, introduces feeling and relaxation from a Kum Nye point of view through: central topics found in “The Inner and Outer Massage of Feeling” (3-18); the development of the breathing of Kum Nye; and the 7 gestures sitting posture that encourages smooth flow of energy and positive healing. Each weekend training approaches Kum Nye in three ways: What is Kum Nye, How to Practice Kum Nye, and How to Teach Kum Nye.

Hours – all Pacific Time. Please note and translate to your time zone.

  • Friday, September 11, 2020 5- 7 pm
  • Saturday, September 12, 9am – 12 noon and 2-3 pm
  • Sunday, September 13, 9am- 12 noon and 2-3 pm

Instructors: Kum Nye Teacher Training team. Cost: included in Teacher Training program. Prerequisites: enrollment in Teacher Training program.

 

Saturday, September 12 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PST)
The Perfections of Patience and Strength (DHS413)
Based on the Bodhicaryavatara and its Tibetan commentaries, students will study the perfections of patience (ksanti) and strength (virya). Readings: Bodhicharyavatara, chapters 6 and 7.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in DHS208 or consent of the Instructors. 
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756863 

 

Saturday, September 26, (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PST)
The Eight Great Bodhisattvas (DHS424)
These heroic exemplars of awakening can inspire us to open to the profundity of the Mahayana, a path which has the flavor of dynamic, compassionate activity as well as prajna, inconceivable wisdom that goes beyond ordinary knowing. In this 3-hour workshop, we are introduced to the eight great bodhisattvas — Manjushri, Vajrapani, Avalokitesvara, Maitreya, Akashagarbha, Kshitigarbha, Sarvanivaranavishkarmbhin, and Samantabhadra — and engage in mantra, visualization, and meditation upon some of these miraculous figures, who are so beloved in the Tibetan and Buddhist worlds.
Instructors: Lama Palzang, Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. Please register one week in advance, by September 19, in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run. 
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756891 

 

Saturday, October 3 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PST)
The Perfections of Meditation and Wisdom (DHS414)
Verses on perfecting meditation and wisdom from the Bodhicharyavatara and its Tibetan commentaries describe meditations associated with the Bodhisattva path. We will study the verses from these texts that allow a glimpse into the profound wisdom underlying the Bodhisattva’s compassionate way of life. Readings: Bodhicharyavatara, chapters 8 & 9.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in DHS208 or consent of the Instructors.
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756918 

 

Saturday, October 10 (10:00 AM-1:00 PM, PST)
The 25 Great Disciples of Padmasambhava (DHS425)
This workshop will look into and reflect upon the life stories of the 25 great disciples of Padmasambhava, who were responsible for the early transmission of the Dharma from its motherland of India into Tibet, the Land of Snows. Many of these fearless students and masters – including the great king Trisong Detsen, the incomparable yogini Yeshe Tsogyal, and the nkakpa Nubchen Sangye Yeshe – subsequently reincarnated over the centuries as great tertons, or treasure revealers, whose writings have passed down through the centuries to inspire us to this day.
Instructor: Richard Kingsland. Cost: $50. Please register at least three days in advance, by October 7, in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run. 
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756922

 

October 17-18, 2020
Deepening the Experience of Kum Nye Relaxation [Kum Nye Teacher Training]

“Once we tap this relaxation, we learn to operate sensations and emotions with a playful, open attitude, and everything becomes relaxation.” – Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga p. 16

This second weekend continues the central Kum Nye activity of learning to feel through deepening relaxation. Among the topics explored will be: making contact with and tasting feelings; sensing into positive, negative, neutral feelings; the three levels of Kum Nye and following sensation; challenges of holding back and restlessness; breath and silence; balancing body, breath and mind through guiding practice. This weekend as well as the third in November also takes up transformation through the four main energy centers or chakras and presents material in terms of: What is Kum Nye, How to Practice Kum Nye, and How to Teach Kum Nye.

Hours – all Pacific Time. Please note and translate to your time zone.

  • Saturday October 17, 2020, 9am to 12 pm and 2-3 pm
  • Sunday, October 18, 9am to 12 pm and 2-3 pm

Instructors: Kum Nye Teacher Training team. Cost: included in Teacher Training program. Prerequisites: enrollment in Teacher Training program.

 

Saturday, October 17 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PST)
Beyond Hope and Fear: Invoking the Vajra Guru (DHS426)
Guru Padmasambhava, the Lotus-Born Vajra Guru, overwhelms appearances with his brilliance. He is associated with pacifying strong energies and transforming obstacles in a direct, powerful, and skillful way. As one of the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism in the eighth century and what became known as the Nyingma tradition, this “second Buddha” masterfully overcame all negative forces to establish the path of enlightenment in Tibet. In this workshop, you will be introduced to his manifestations, mantra, and visualization. Padmasambhava’s practices and teachings are considered especially effective for the Kaliyuga, this age of instability and degeneration. Practicing the Vajra Guru mantra can help dispel mental anguish, bringing forth peace of mind; together, we can call on him to awaken the heart of wisdom and compassion within, to strengthen our inner goodness, and for the power to act effectively on behalf of all beings.
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. Please register one week in advance, by September 19, in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run. 
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756929 

 

Saturday, November 7 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PST)
Swift Protection: The Practice of Tara (DHS417)
Green Tara responds swiftly to protect beings from fearsome obstacles, while White Tara counteracts illnesses and is associated with long life. We can call on Tara in all her many aspects through her most famous prayer, the Twenty-One Praises of Tara, which brings immediate blessings and protection, and has been the central practice of innumerable realized masters of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jetsun Tara, Mother of all the Victorious Ones, has an enlightened mission to rescue living beings from falling into samsara and swiftly lead them to complete and perfect liberation. This workshop will serve as an introduction to her qualities with practice instructions on her visualization. Invoking Tara with deep and urgent devotion may enrich our dharma practice, while also expanding well-being and our sense of wonder.
Instructors: Pema Gellek and Lama Palzang. Cost: $50. Please register one week in advance, by October 31, in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run. 
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756933

 

Saturday, November 14 (10:00 AM-1:00 PM, PST)
Path of Prayer to the Land of Bliss (DHS415)
A “Buddha-field” refers to a realm of being where all that happens is conducive to attaining enlightenment. One such Buddha-field is Sukhavati, “Land of Bliss,” presided over by the Buddha Amitabha. This workshop looks at how human consciousness can connect to these realms.
Readings will be provided.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in DHS210 or consent of the Instructors.
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756936

 

Saturday, November 14 (10:00-1:00 PM, PST)
Aging Wisely: Strengthening Inner Confidence (NPS419?)
In this workshop we will contemplate the shift in life’s journey as elders, through meditation practices and wisdom teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rather than experiencing old age as a disadvantage, we will expand our perspective to discover how this chapter of life is an opportunity to grow, to let go of attachments, find peace of mind and inner confidence in the way we are, right now. All ages welcome; particularly for those with aging parents.
Instructors: Olivia Hurd, Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost: $50. Prerequisites: All welcome. Please register one week in advance, by November 7, in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run. 
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756938

 

November 21-22, 2020
Stimulating and Transforming Energies [Kum Nye Teacher Training]

“Our physical bodies are much less solid than they seem. They are not fixed and impervious ‘objects’, but essentially flowing and open, participating in an ongoing process of ‘embodiment’ of energies.” – Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga p. 291

This third teacher training considers the pathway from relaxation to inner Kum Nye elements such as the senses as two way channels, and their inner working; soft calm breath that becomes more subtle; and expanding sKu/Kum. Deepening and integrating Kum Nye transformation through the four main energy centers (chakras) is also explored. The training continues the format of What is Kum Nye, How to Practice Kum Nye, and How to Teach Kum Nye.

Hours – all Pacific Time. Please note and translate to your time zone.

  • Saturday November 21, 9 am to 12 pm and 2-3 pm
  • Sunday November 22, 9am to 12 pm and 2-3 pm

Instructors: Kum Nye Teacher Training team. Cost: included in Teacher Training program. Prerequisites: enrollment in Teacher Training program.

 

Saturday, December 5 (10:00 AM-1:00 PM, PST)
The Power of Buddhist Symbols (DHS416)
Buddhist art and architecture stand as guides to enlightenment. This workshop explores sacred forms and their symbolic language from an advanced perspective. We will look at purposes and practices involving prayer flags, prayer wheels, sacred art, eight auspicious symbols, and texts. Readings will be provided.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in DHS210 or consent of the Instructors.
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756942 

 

Saturday, December 19
Meditation Practice Intensive (MED501)
In this mini-retreat we will meet online to practice for three sessions over the course of a single day: 9:00 am – 10:30 am, 12:30 – 2 pm, and 3:30 – 5 pm. Sessions consist primarily of silent practice with minimal instruction.
Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: $30. Prerequisites: This intermediate-level program is designed for experienced meditators who have a regular practice or who have attended retreats before. Please register one week in advance, by December 12, in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run. 
Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1756947

 

Sample Schedule

  • 10:00 AM Instruction Session
  • 11:30 AM Tea Break
  • 12:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 1:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 3:30 PM Tea Break
  • 4:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 4:45 PM Workshop Concludes