Buddhist Studies



DHS101 The Words Of The Buddha

An introduction to the essential sutras in the Buddhist tradition. We examine first, second, and third turning teachings in order to give a general overview of the Mahayana approach to the sutras. Through recitation, reflection, and study of these sutras, we begin to understand the Buddha’s startling vision of reality. 

Instructor(s): Pema Gellek, Hugh Joswick, and other faculty. 



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Gellek 9/4 - 9/25 We 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $72.00 View
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Gellek 10/9 - 12/11 We 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $162.00 View

DHS113 Guide to Chanting Tibetan Prayers
Many spiritual traditions around the world incorporate some form of prayer or song. In Tibetan Buddhism, chanting is one method that practitioners have used for hundreds of years to turn their minds and hearts toward the Dharma.
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.

Students will:
Develop an ear for Tibetan-style chanting
Practice pronunciation aloud in class
Receive access to recordings so they can practice at home
Connect to traditional prayers and practices

Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.


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Palzang 9/5 - 9/26 Th 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM $72.00 View
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Palzang 10/10 - 12/12 Th 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM $162.00 View

DHS203 Who Owns Mind?

This quarter’s course introduces tools of analysis and introspection to explore consciousness, looking for the source of thoughts, feelings, impulses, and actions. Using classical insight meditations, students will be guided in a search for an independent self who controls and owns the mind and experience, glimpsing how mind, free of the confines of self, might function. Students will also study teachings on karma and klesha; cultivate the “four immeasurable” qualities of love, compassion, joy, and equanimity; deepen mindfulness; and learn about the Bodhisattva’s aspiration and the role that devotion plays in Dharma study.

Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings. 

This is the 3rd Quarter of the Path of Liberation Program. Includes associated workshops. 



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Joswick 10/8 - 12/10 Tu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $220.00 View

DHS204 Four Foundations Of Mindfulness

The Buddha taught that mindfulness—the steady and sustained contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena—leads to wisdom. Training in these “Four Foundations of Mindfulness” leads to an unshakably present state of mind and is the foundation for further study and practice.

Prerequisite: DHS203 or equivalent, or by permission of instructor.



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Henderson 9/3 - 9/24 Tu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $72.00 View

DHS220 The Four Main Schools of Tibetan Buddhism (ONLINE)

In this introduction to the main figures and characteristics of the different schools in Tibetan Buddhism, you will learn the history and development of the Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug traditions. This knowledge is essential for placing the teachings in historical context.

Instructor Richard Kingsland has been a student of Tarthang Rinpoche since 1970 and has travelled extensively in Buddhist Asia over the years. The class will be conducted online and will require a Zoom connection on a personal computer.



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Kingsland 9/4 - 9/25 We 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM $72.00 View