Buddhist Studies - Workshops



DHS414 The Perfections Of Meditation And Wisdom

Verses on perfecting meditation and wisdom from the Bodhicharyavatara and its Tibetan commentaries describe meditations associated with the Bodhisattva path. We will study the verses from these texts that allow a glimpse into the profound wisdom underlying the Bodhisattva’s compassionate way of life. Readings: Bodhicharyavatara, chapters 8 & 9. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in DHS208 or consent of the Instructors.



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

DHS415 Path Of Prayer To The Land Of Bliss

A "Buddhafield" is a realm of being where all that happens is conducive to attaining enlightenment. The most important Buddhafield described in the Sutras (words of the Buddha) is Sukhavati, "Land of Bliss," presided over by the Buddha Amitabha. This workshop looks at how human consciousness can connect to these realms.



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Henderson 11/14 - 11/14 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View

DHS416 Power Of Buddhist Symbols

Buddhist art and architecture stand as guides to enlightenment. This workshop explores sacred forms and their symbolic language from an advanced perspective. We will look at purposes and practices involving prayer flags, prayer wheels, sacred art, eight auspicious symbols, and texts. Readings will be provided.



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Henderson 12/5 - 12/5 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View

DHS417 Swift Protection: The Practice of Tara

Green Tara responds swiftly to protect beings from fearsome obstacles, while White Tara counteracts illnesses and is associated with long life. We can call on Tara in all her many aspects through her most famous prayer, the Twenty-One Praises of Tara, which brings immediate blessings and protection, and has been the central practice of innumerable realized masters of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jetsun Tara, Mother of all the Victorious Ones, has an enlightened mission to rescue living beings from falling into samsara and swiftly lead them to complete and perfect liberation. This workshop will serve as an introduction to her qualities with practice instructions on her visualization. Invoking Tara with deep and urgent devotion may enrich our dharma practice, while also expanding well-being and our sense of wonder.



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Gellek 11/7 - 11/7 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View

DHS425 The 25 Great Disciples of Padmasambhava

This workshop will look into and reflect upon the life stories of the 25 great disciples of Padmasambhava, who were responsible for the early transmission of the Dharma from its motherland of India into Tibet, the Land of Snows. Many of these fearless students and masters – including the great king Trisong Detsen, the incomparable yogini Yeshe Tsogyal, and the nkakpa Nubchen Sangye Yeshe – subsequently reincarnated over the centuries as great tertons, or treasure revealers, whose writings have passed down through the centuries to inspire us to this day.



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

DHS426 Beyond Hope and Fear: Invoking the Vajra Guru

Guru Padmasambhava, the Lotus-Born Vajra Guru, overwhelms appearances with his brilliance. He is associated with pacifying strong energies and transforming obstacles in a direct, powerful, and skillful way. As one of the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism in the eighth century and what became known as the Nyingma tradition, this “second Buddha” masterfully overcame all negative forces to establish the path of enlightenment in Tibet. In this workshop, you will be introduced to his manifestations, mantra, and visualization. Padmasambhava’s practices and teachings are considered especially effective for the Kaliyuga, this age of instability and degeneration. Practicing the Vajra Guru mantra can help dispel mental anguish, bringing forth peace of mind; together, we can call on him to awaken the heart of wisdom and compassion within, to strengthen our inner goodness, and for the power to act effectively on behalf of all beings.



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Palzang 10/17 - 10/17 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View