Wisdom in Community

Our community invites you to find a home here, a place of peace and caring. Whether you come to Dharma College to work, to take courses, or to attend a meeting or event, you will be surrounded by people who wish the world well. Our background in the Tibetan wisdom tradition, although it is expressed entirely in secular terms, encourages us to provide guidance in self-exploration, in uncovering the extraordinary potential of being contained within every one of us, and in discovering ways to live a more balanced, considerate, and fulfilling life. If you are interested, just ask. It's why we're here.

We Value

  • Caring for ourselves and others
  • Bringing meaning and purpose into our lives and those of others.
  • Having Work and Life in harmonious balance to pursue full transformation.

Our Founder

Dharma College was founded by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, a traditionally trained teacher and author in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and Head Lama of the Tibetan Nyingmapa Meditation Center. Rinpoche was born in 1935 in eastern Tibet, where he studied with many of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century. After leaving Tibet, Tarthang Tulku taught from 1962 to 1968 at Sanskrit University in Varanasi, India, where he also established one of the first printing presses to print sacred Tibetan texts. The first lama of the Nyingma lineage to establish residence in the United States, Rinpoche established a mandala of organizations to actualize his long-range vision of preserving the ancient teachings of the Buddha and transmitting them to the modern world.


Frequently Asked Questions

How to live a more balanced and satisfying life. It comes down to practical and fully secular self-investigation: movement classes for Body; guidance and powerful practices about how to look at Mind. The Mind work is based on methods developed over centuries of investigation by skilled spiritual masters in Tibet, translated into Western idiom by Tarthang Tulku, one of the last masters to receive the full traditional training. The classes are lively, healthy, and creative. Teaching is not abstract, but very practical.

Very practical, very experiential. The goal is helping you to learn effective ways to work on yourself, not in the classroom but out in the real world: work, relationship, dealing with isolation. Results can be profound.

Courses range from daily to six weeks and cost between $30-$150. Scholarship and further info from Registrar 510 809-2010 or by contacting us.

To register for courses online, click here. You may also register by calling (510) 809-2010, or you may visit us in-person at 2222 Harold Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:30pm or Saturday 9am – 12pm. Pre-registration is recommended to ensure that your preferred class will be available. Please note that courses with fewer than 6 students pre-registered may be cancelled.

It is a good mix, from all over the Bay Area and worldwide on zoom: working people, students (both undergrad and graduate), retirees... Some have spiritual interests, others simply wish to lead more satisfying lives. No prior training or experience is necessary: just come learn something meaningful and worthwhile.

It's right in downtown Berkeley, a block from the Berkeley bus station. It's near the public library and the YMCA and a few blocks from the U C campus. There's good parking a half-block away.

The building itself is a gracious landmark building from the 1920s. Rooms are spacious and airy with tons of light. The vibe is peaceful. The classrooms have been renovated. There's a quiet, big reading room, a good common seating/meeting area, and a meditation space. We want you to feel at home: this is about community.