Buddhist Studies - Workshops



DHS401 Visions of Enlightenment

This workshop explores the unique ways that a fully awakened being manifests. First, we look at Tibetan art as a vital embodiment of enlightenment, examining the ways in which awakened qualities are depicted. We also work with mantra (ways to merge sound with awakened awareness) and Tibetan meditations that evoke the Buddha. Finally, we consider three specific aspects to a Buddha’s embodiment: the Dharmakaya, the Sambhogakaya, and the Nirmanakaya.



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Henderson 2/27 - 2/27 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:45 PM $50.00 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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Henderson 4/3 - 4/3 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View

DHS406 The Four Immeasurables

Thus someone who, by taking refuge, has become a site for spiritual growth, Will cultivate their mind for the welfare of sentient beings,
By letting the flower of compassion blossom in the soil of love,
And tending it with the pure water of equanimity in the cool shade of joy. Longchenpa.

Contemplation of the Four Immeasurables has immense benefits for the practitioner. The cultivation of equanimity, love, compassion, and joy can calm mind and open one to profound states of awareness and understanding. The Four Immeasurables are a transformative cure for disturbing emotional motivations, and a central practice for developing good will toward all beings without exception.

In this workshop, Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek will guide students through traditional practices for developing the four immeasurables.



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Palzang 3/6 - 3/6 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View

DHS420 The Noble Eightfold Path

Right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right samadhi:  These fundamental, foundational practices are key to living and learning in a way that manifests the path towards enlightenment. This workshop leads us to engage anew with the Noble Eightfold Path and ask ourselves how we can return to them again and again, and to work with them on multiple levels.



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Palzang 3/27 - 3/27 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View

DHS425 Life Stories of the Great Treasure Revealers

Who were the great tertons, the Treasure Revealers? What is ter? How are the Treasure Revealers related to Guru Padmasambhava and his 25 great disciples? What do their findings reveal to us in the modern age? What effects have they had on current practice in the Nyingma tradition? Do their teachings still speak to us directly? This three-hour workshop will explore the histories and mysteries of many of these powerful spiritual beings, including the great Longchenpa, Pema Lingpa, Jigme Lingpa, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, and Chogyur Lingpa, among others.



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Kingsland 4/10 - 4/10 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View

NPR406 Medicine Buddha Workshop

This workshop is intended both as an introduction to Medicine Buddha practice, and as a reactivation or renewal for those who are already familiar with it. As practitioners, it can be invaluable to reconnect with this practice periodically, to reawaken one’s relationship to Medicine Buddha, and to come together to practice as a group.

It is said that simply hearing the Medicine Buddha’s name and his mantra brings forth powerful blessings for the healing of body and mind. Medicine Buddha practice is for healing and releasing all kinds of accumulated negativity or impurities, including trauma and long-term illnesses. It also works on a subtle level to help cleanse and purify layers of imbalanced emotionality and confusion, removing all sickness, obstacles, traces of negative actions, and obscurations.

By practicing and chanting together as a group, we support each other and strengthen the power of our practice. The blessings of this practice can be directed towards yourself; loved ones such as family, friends, or pets; and all beings in need of healing.



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Palzang 2/6 - 2/6 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View