Buddhist Studies



DHS101 The Words Of The Buddha

Reading the Sutras is an ongoing course that can be joined by anyone interested in learning about the essential sutras in the Buddhist tradition, particularly the Mahayana sutras. We read sutras not as historical texts but as a practical encounter with the teachings of the Buddha. Our goal is to develop a respect for the sutra tradition and to foster an internal examination of how these texts can speak to our twenty-first century experience. This term we study selections from the Avatamsaka or Flower Ornament Sutra, particularly from the last chapter called the Gandavyuha Sutra. This chapter describes the spiritual journey of the pilgrim Sudhana as he visits various bodhisattvas and is instructed on the path to full and complete buddhahood. Sudhana’s journey can be our journey toward awakening. Each encounter with the bodhisattvas reveals deeper meaning of the Mahayana path.



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Gellek 1/13 - 2/3 We 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $72.00 View
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Gellek 2/17 - 4/7 We 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $144.00 View

DHS114 Guide to Chanting Tibetan Prayers

Learn how to chant traditional prayers in the Tibetan language. Practice materials will be provided showing the Tibetan text, phonetic pronunciation, and English translation. In addition to providing background teachings, students will be guided in the pronunciation, melody, and rhythm of selected traditional Buddhist prayers. 

Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.



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Palzang 1/13 - 2/3 We 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM $72.00 View
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Palzang 2/17 - 4/7 We 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM $144.00 View

DHS201 An Awakened Vision Of Being

This first quarter of the Path of Liberation Program is a journey into the Buddha’s vision of what embodiment means. The teachings illuminate the precious opportunity that our lives present and we will trace the path that the Buddha took to enlightenment. We will be introduced to the life story of the Buddha, the symbolism of the form of the Buddha, aspects of the Abhidharma, and fundamental practices and teachings on the Buddhist path.

Includes 2 workshops: Path of Liberation: Visions of Enlightenment (DHS401)
February 27: Saturday 10 AM–4:45 PM (or 1:00 PM) and Path of Liberation: Faith in Dharma (DHS402) April 3: Saturday 10 AM–4:45 PM (or 1:00 PM)



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Henderson 2/16 - 4/6 Tu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $164.00 View

DHS209 Majestic Aspirations

The wish to free others from suffering can motivate us to overcome all obstacles to spiritual growth. For centuries Buddhist practitioners have expressed their wishes to aid all living beings through reciting prayers of aspiration. This term we will read and study a text known as the Sovereign Prayer for Enlightened Practice (Pranidhana Raja). This text reveals the vast scope of compassionate aspirations, inspiring us on our journey through life.



Prerequisite: DHS207 or equivalent. Or consent from one of the instructors.

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Henderson 1/12 - 2/2 Tu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $72.00 View

NPR103 Dream Yoga And Authentic Communication

Although we spend many hours dreaming, we may awake with only vague memories of our dreams. Specific meditation and visualization exercises from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition can bring a special awareness into the dream state that heightens consciousness within dreams.

In this course we will be working with practices that relax body and mind and that open responsiveness in the throat area. In particular we will use a visualization practice given in Tarthang Tulku's chapter “Dream Lotus” in Openness Mind, pp. 87-90. 



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Philip 1/13 - 2/3 We 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $72.00 View