Buddhist Studies - Workshops



DHS401 Visions of Enlightenment
The form of the Buddha reflects the reality that all living beings can cultivate the same wisdom and compassion that the Buddha achieved. The ways that a Buddha is embodied will be covered: the Dharmakaya, the Sambhogakaya, and the Nirmanakaya, including the process of achieving this perfect embodiment through studying the Jatakas (birth stories of the Buddha), and contemplating the form of the Buddha as it is represented in Tibetan art and sculpture. Also included is a meditation evoking the presence of the Buddha written by the 19th century Nyingma Master, Lama Mipham.

Prerequisite: concurrent registration in DHS201 or consent of the Instructors.


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Joswick 4/6 - 4/6 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:45 PM $80.00 View

DHS402 Faith in Dharma
The awakening of faith in the Dharma means that we have surrendered our heart to truth. This workshop outlines the steps to such faith. Students will learn to distinguish belief from faith and skepticism from inquiry. Class discussion and practice will focus on how to build inner confidence in our own abilities as we seek guidance from those who are wiser.

Prerequisite: concurrent registration in DHS201 or consent of the Instructors.


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Joswick 5/4 - 5/4 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:45 PM $80.00 View

DHS423 Vajrasattva Purification Workshop
All beings carry some negative karma that may present obstacles to the accumulation of merit and wisdom. This workshop will focus on the invocation of Vajrasattva as a powerful means of purification of the negativity of body, speech and mind. The practice of the Four Reliances and prayers, mantras and visualizations related to Vajrasattva offer a process of deep purification of both gross and subtle imprints of the history we carry within mind. As karmic bonds loosen in the brilliant light of bodhicitta, mind experiences ease and renewed vigor to continue the path of liberation.

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Palzang 5/18 - 5/18 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:45 PM $80.00 View

DHS451 Bodh Gaya, Field of Awakening: Ancient Past to Modern Renewal
The Nyingma Monlam or World Peace Ceremony held annually at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, India has become one of the most vibrant spiritual gatherings in our world. 10,000 monks, nuns, and laypeople make the pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya, from India, Nepal and Bhutan to chant prayers for world peace for ten days.

Why is this holiest of sites so revered? In this talk, you will learn about the history of the Mahabodhi temple complex, King Ashoka, the masters who practiced there, and a long-standing history of pilgrimage. In addition, we will explore how Buddhism crossed cultures -- and the highest mountains in the world -- from India to Tibet. Some forms that were transmitted include the Mahaviharas of ancient India, such as Nalanda and the Mahabodhi temple, which passed to Tibet in the form of monasteries, as well as 1,000 Sanskrit texts.


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Kingsland 4/27 - 4/27 Sa 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM $12.00 View

DHS452 Buddhism from India to Tibet and Beyond: The Great Masters
The history of transmission of the Dharma from India to Tibet and the West includes the early disciples of the Buddha, Padmasambhava, and other great adepts, tantric masters, and realized yogis of India and Tibet. From among these jewels, here are a few stories to delight, challenge, and inspire wonder.

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Kingsland 4/27 - 4/27 Sa 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM $12.00 View

DHS453 Vegetarian Lunch at Nyingma Institute
We offer a delicious vegetarian lunch buffet. If you would like to join us for lunch, please purchase your meal in advance or RSVP by contacting the front desk.

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Gellek 4/27 - 4/27 Sa 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM $12.00 View

DHS454 Bodh Gaya, Field of Offerings: Cultural Preservation and Pilgrimage

Tibet remained a Dharma stronghold for 1,400 years before facing modern disruption and genocide in the twentieth century. Our founder, Tarthang Tulku is a Nyingma master whose wish to revitalize Bodh Gaya and bring Nyingma masters in exile together has yielded monumental and unbelievable results, in part through the blossoming of this annual ceremony and gathering.

Why is the Monlam (World Peace Ceremony) an important opportunity for spiritual renewal and affirmation of Tibet’s endangered wisdom tradition, as well as a vehicle for cultural preservation? What have been the effects of the offerings, which include sacred texts, art, prayer wheels and more, on Bodh Gaya, Dharma studies and practice for the Tibetan community in exile? How can we activate the energy of sacred sites, and how does pilgrimage figure in the arc of transmission today?




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Palzang 4/27 - 4/27 Sa 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM $12.00 View

DHS455 The Path of Aspiration: Prayers of the World Peace Ceremony
In this practice session, we will introduce and chant the Tibetan-language prayers for wisdom, compassion, universal awakening, and peace that are recited by thousands of monks and nuns at the Monlam each year. The Pranidhanaraja prayer is connected to selfless action driven by compassion and love, while the Manjushrinamasamghiti points us towards transcendent wisdom that is beyond concept. We will also engage in silent meditation and guided visualization practice of the Buddha.

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Palzang 4/27 - 4/27 Sa 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM $12.00 View

DHS456 Vegetarian Dinner at Nyingma Institute
We offer a delicious vegetarian dinner buffet. If you would like to join us for dinner, please purchase your meal in advance or RSVP by contacting the front desk.

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Gellek 4/27 - 4/27 Sa 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM $12.00 View

DHS457 Documentary Film Screening: The Great Transmission
Imagine that you are one of a handful of survivors of a disaster that has virtually erased your culture. Now you must recover the knowledge that was lost and find ways to ensure that it continues into the future.

Witnessing the disintegration of his heritage, Tibetan refugee and Buddhist lama Tarthang Tulku dedicated his life to restoring a text tradition that was nearly lost during the turbulence of the 20th century. Working with a handful of volunteers, he would eventually deliver over four and a quarter million books into Tibetan hands, in one of the largest free book distributions in history.

Documentary film The Great Transmission, directed by Pema Gellek, aired on nearly half the local PBS stations across the U.S. and screened at nine film festivals. It has also screened at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Rubin Museum in New York.


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Gellek 4/27 - 4/27 Sa 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM $12.00 View