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. 


April 24 – 25, Kum Nye Teacher Training 

May 1, Turning the Mind to the Dharma (DHS403)
Saturday, May 1 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) 
In this workshop, we study the “four thoughts” that turn the mind to the Dharma: awakening to freedom and good fortune, impermanence, suffering, and karma. Open to all students with an interest in Buddhism. 
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Part of the Path of Liberation Program.

May 8, Awakening Bodhicitta (DHS427) 
Saturday, May 8 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) 
What role does virtue have to play in one’s spiritual path, or simply in a well-lived, satisfying life? When we practice virtuous deeds or simple goodness this can challenge our own complacency, cynicism, and despair, making room instead for change and transformative realizations. 
Altruism, as generated through practices that expand our concern and minds, is key to the path of the bodhisattva. In this workshop, we will focus on the Buddhist practice of bodhicitta, the aspiration for universal awakening, as well as how we can find a balance between being and doing.
We can invite virtue into our lives through small acts of love and equanimity, opening channels to our innermost being, that space where we live from when aligned with our highest aspirations and truths. 
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. 

May 15, How to Meditate (MED401)
Saturday, May 15 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
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. 

May 22, Homage to Shakyamuni Buddha (NPR408) 
Saturday, May 22 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) 
Join us for chanting, meditation, and guided visualization evoking devotion for the omniscient wisdom and infinite compassion of Shakyamuni Buddha. This workshop falls during the holy lunar month of Saga Dawa; join us to celebrate the Buddha’s life and teachings and to practice together with devotion and gratitude during this auspicious time. Our practice together will include Tibetan master Lama Mipham’s prayer to Shakyamuni Buddha. 
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. 

May 29, Training for Freedom (DHS404)
Saturday, May 29 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Classic Buddhist education uses three trainings—shila (morality), samadhi (meditation), and prajna (wisdom)—to develop wholesome knowledge and power. This workshop introduces these traditional tools for clearing away confusion and karmic patterns. Open to all students with an interest in Buddhism.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Part of the Path of Liberation Program

June 12 -13, Kum Nye Teacher Training 

July 10, Meditation Practices to Connect Mind and Heart: Heartmind (NPS424) 
Saturday, July 10 (9:00 AM – Noon, PST / 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT)
In this workshop, we will apply traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices to connect mind and heart, in order to more deeply experience Heartmind, the essence of our being. We will use gentle movement practices, Kum Nye, to communicate with, touch and expand the unique energy of the heart; also chanting, as well as discussion from our direct experiences of real life. Tarthang Tulku writes, “It is in the heart center that our inner nature grows to fullness. Once the heart center opens, all blockages dissolve, and a spirit or intuition spreads throughout our entire body so that our whole being becomes alive. … When we are able to integrate our minds with our hearts and our actions with our intuitions we can find genuine meaning in our lives. … We become naturally self-nourishing, self-motivating, and self-confident. So, let us look at what is happening in our hearts. This is an essential preparation for experiencing the truth of our lives.”
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50. 

July 17, Question of Identity: Ten Ideas of Self (DHS405)
Saturday, July 17 (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
Who creates, controls, enjoys, defiles, or purifies experience? Am “I” substantial, or have “I” as Tarthang Tulku writes, “entered into an illusory partnership with an entity that has no existence of its own?” Experiential exercises will shed light on these questions, while lecture will examine the ten kinds of self as described by the Bodhisattva Maitreya and the Nyingma master Lama Mipham Rinpoche. Open to all students with an interest in Buddhism.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Part of the Path of Liberation Program. 

July 31, Summer Meditation Practice Daylong (MED501) 
Saturday, July 31 (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM) 
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 primarily of silent practice with minimal instruction. 
Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: $25. 

Aug 6 – 8, Kum Nye Teacher Training 

Aug 7, How to Meditate Workshop (MED401)
Saturday, August 7, (9:00 AM – Noon, PST / 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT)
This workshop will guide you in establishing a regular meditation practice at home, whether you are a beginner or someone needing support in re-establishing a lapsed practice.  Practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition will be presented to quiet and calm mind, and to integrate body and mind, serving to cultivate an accepting and friendly relationship with whatever we experience within. They include guided sitting practices, gentle body movement (Kum Nye), breathing practices and chanting.  Through observing experience calmly and quietly, we can activate an awakened quality of awareness that is always available, ultimately leading to the natural state of mind: clear, peaceful, open and compassionate.
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50.