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, a faculty member will send you the link to join online — usually this is sent about a day before the date of the workshop. 


Saturday, August 28 — No workshop scheduled

Saturday, September 4th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Practicing the Four Immeasurables (DHS406)

Cultivating the “four immeasurable” states of mind—love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity—is a classic Buddhist practice that teaches us to transcend our ordinary way of being and our limited way of understanding love. We discover an inner serenity that fosters the realization of selflessness.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50, included in the Path of Liberation program.

Saturday, September 11 – No workshop scheduled

Saturday, September 18, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Stillness, Alertness, and Ease: the Seven Gestures Posture (KNR427)

“The traditional position for sitting (shown by the Buddha when he first became enlightened) facilitates relaxation of both body and mind. Energy flows smoothly in this position, and with enough time, all mental and physical energies become transformed into positive healing sensation. This position consists of seven ‘gestures’.” — Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga

In this half-day workshop we will explore the seven ‘gestures’, building and embodying within ourselves this posture of balance. We will consider awareness, breathing and movement practices that can support a more easeful adoption of these gestures, as well as modifications/alternatives for those unable to sit on the floor.

This workshop is relevant for both students of Kum Nye and meditation.

Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $50.

Saturday, September 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Medicine Buddha Practice: Balancing the Elements (NPR406)

In this workshop, we’ll practice Medicine Buddha mantras, prayers, and visualization. We’ll also explore how Medicine Buddha practice is related to balancing the elements in one’s body–earth, water, fire, wind, and space.

Medicine Buddha practice can aid in the release of sickness, emotionality, and trauma, as well as purify and cleanse obscurations, confusion, and traces of negative actions. For centuries, practitioners have practiced in this way to bring healing to themselves, loved ones, and all who are suffering from illness or any form of imbalance, sending the deep blue, lapis lazuli energy of healing to all beings.

Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50.

Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
The First Teachings of the Buddha (DHS422)

We look at the first three discourses the Buddha taught to his disciples as he turned the Wheel of the Dharma. We will read three Pāli suttas describing the four noble truths, the nature of non-self, and the six sense organs burning with desire.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50, included in the Path of Liberation program.

Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Meditations to Open the Heart (MED421)

This half-day mini retreat will focus on practices to open the heart energy center. We will use breath practices, mantra, visualization, and gentle movement, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga. “So begin by listening to your heart, to your feelings . . .  a deep warmth in the center of the heart, which is our inner sanctuary, our own home.” — Tarthang Tulku, Hidden Mind of Freedom. For all levels of meditators.

Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50.

Saturday, October 9, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, PT
Introduction to Joy of Being Kum Nye: Tuning Up and Tuning In (KNR431)

“Relaxation can accommodate whatever arises in the mind; relaxation can smooth the jagged edges of thoughts, remove their hooks from our consciousness, and enable them to slip away.” — Joy of Being, p. 26

During this afternoon, a Joy of Being way of practice and understanding that creates a “new home of feeling” (p.23) by tuning into relaxation will be introduced. Right now we may be more tuned in to negativity, more sensitive to pain—especially given the last months and year. By attracting mind and senses to internal sources for meaning and satisfaction, and connecting heart and head, we invite “calmness and joyful feelings to circulate throughout our systems.”

This workshop may especially benefit those with some foundation in Kum Nye who would like to explore further. All are welcome.

Instructor: Abbe Blum. Cost: $50.

Saturday, October 16, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
How to Meditate (MED401)

This workshop will offer instruction in traditional sitting meditation geared toward the beginner, and for anyone with a lapsed practice who wishes to establish a daily meditation practice. It will include guided mindfulness of breathing, slow, gentle Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga to balance body/mind energy, as well as chanting and walking meditation. Join us in simple, profound practices that can transform the quality of everyday life, stimulating creativity and integrating body and mind, using your own inner resources.

Instructor: Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost: $50.

Saturday, October 23 — Break between Early Fall and Late Fall terms

Saturday, October 30 — No workshop scheduled

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Entering the Mandala of the Five Buddha Families (DHS428)

We can understand the qualities of deluded and awakened mind through the mandala of the five buddha families, with their corresponding colors, directionalities, and rich symbolism. Through the beauty of sacred art, prayer, mantra, and visualization, we can meet these enlightened energies in the forms of Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, and Amoghasiddhi. In this workshop, we will learn about the traditional context of the five buddha families and how we can relate to this mandala in our practice and lives.

Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50.

Saturday, November 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Kamalashila and the Stages of Meditation (DHS419)

Kamalashila accompanied Santaraksita to Tibet in the 8th century at the request of King Trisong Detsen. He played an important role in establishing Buddhism in Tibet and was the principal defender of the Indian gradual way of enlightenment over the Chan method of sudden enlightenment. In a great debate at Samye monastery c. 793, Kamalashila bettered his opponent, who advocated a direct awakening of mind through meditation, by arguing for a gradual path that required training in the whole field of Buddhist study. Kamalashila thereby established the Indian tradition of study and practice in Tibet and the gradual path of development. In this workshop we will examine a principal writing of Kamalashila, the Bhavanakrama, on the stages of meditation. Lecture, practice, and discussion will bring this key text in Tibetan history to life.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50, included in the Path of Liberation program.

Saturday, November 13, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, PT
Aging Wisely (NPS421)

This workshop will explore teachings and meditation practices on the truth of impermanence, in order to see the unique opportunities for transformation as we grow older. “Impermanence and death are integral parts of being alive; this realization can vibrate within us and wake us up …. Right now we can enjoy our lives.”  — Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance

Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50.

Saturday, November 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Following Sensation and Expanding Feeling (KNR440)

“We can nurture and heal both our bodies and minds by touching our feelings deeply and expanding the flowing rhythms they bring to us, for they are linked to the vitality of the universe itself.” — Tarthang Tulku, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga

The fundamental activity of Kum Nye practice is to contact the feeling sensations in the body and expand them, increasing our ability to deeply relax and enhance enjoyment of our lives. We will practice with sitting, movement and breath exercises from the first Kum Nye book. This session is appropriate for the beginning practitioner and experienced alike. It will include basic instruction in how to do Kum Nye.

Instructor: Anita McNulty. Cost: $50.

Friday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28
Opening to Knowledge: Online Retreat (NPS511)

Most of us tend to take the habit patterns and common concepts that frame our day-to-day experience as real. We usually are not aware of underlying assumptions, let alone that we are subject to a limiting regime of mind.

In this 3-day experiential webinar retreat we explore ways in which we can open our hearts, minds and senses to ways of knowing that take us beyond familiar, constricting definitions and concepts.

We will explore the workings of our mind, body and senses in very basic, experiential ways, combining in-depth Kum Nye exercises and explorations from The Joy of Being with reflections, contemplations and meditative exercises based on Knowledge of Freedom.

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Instructors: Abbe Blum, Santosh Philips, and Elske van de Hulst. Cost: $150.

Saturday, December 4, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Life Stories of the Mahasiddhas (DHS426)

Join us for an introduction to selected life stories of the great early Indian masters, including Saraha, Virupa, Shantideva, Tilopa, Naropa, Padampa Sangye, Drukpa Kunley, Padmasambhava, Marpa, Milarepa, and Shabkar. Their accomplishments and influence are legendary, and their teachings and examples can encourage us toward awakening even now.

Instructor: Richard Kingsland. Cost: $50.

Saturday, December 11, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Longchenpa’s Path into Natural Freedom of Mind (DHS429)

This workshop will explore chapter two of Longchenpa’s Great Perfection: The Natural Freedom of the Nature of Mind. The text reveals the path for opening up Longchenpa’s expansive and immediate vision of the nature of mind. In addition to listening to an updated translation of the text and discussion, mantra and visualization practices inviting Longchenpa’s unique blessings will be introduced.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50.

Saturday, December 18, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, PT
Winter Meditation Practice Daylong (MED501)

In this practice intensive we meet online to sit for four sessions: 8:30 am – 10:00 am, 10:30 – Noon, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, and 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Sessions consist of silent practice with minimal instruction.

Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: $25. For those with meditation experience.