Lesson series

Keys to a new way of being

Level 100 | Living
Fridays May 3rd to June 14th 10-11:30 AM  PDT 

All videos are recorded, allowing you to view them at your convenience.
Free cancellation after first class
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As we face suffering honestly, cultivate emotional well-being, and actively inquire into the nature of identity, language, and time, we find we have keys to a new way of being. When the day becomes rich with joy and appreciation, emotions lighten, life-situations become easier to deal with, and we begin to dance creatively with whatever arises.  Nourish yourself, honor yourself, respect yourself—not in words or ideas, but in your very being, here and now.


"There is a global shortage of joy, inner peace, and the kind of deep caring for self and others that heals the heart and inspires creative action. How sad this is! For at the very heart of being is the open instant, a boundless source of Great Love."
Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Great Love, Light of Liberation

Come join us for this 6-week introduction to the study and practice Gesture of Great Love: Light of Liberation, the newest teachings presented by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku, who developed explorations of Time, Space and Knowledge over 50 years ago. Through guided exercises and clear, accessible language, these transformative teachings penetrate heart and mind to uncover the depths of our being.


The time spent in this class flies by. I look forward to attending it and discussing the material presented in each chapter of this amazing text "
Linda W.
" Abbe is a wonderfully kind and clear teacher.  Thank you for offering this class! "
Takako M.
Wonderful class continues! I really enjoy the format and interaction with Abbe and all the participants in this class. I find it stimulating, frustrating and illuminating and will continue the classes with pleasure. "
Robin W.


This introductory course to Gesture of Great Love meets online for six weeks, 1.5 hours a week. Classes are recorded and accessible for six months. Each week features short presentations, experiential exercises, and discussion. Weekly handouts provide inspirational passages along with the instructions you need to continue your experiential learning at home. An online community portal gives you the option to meet and be in dialogue with your fellow students.

Weekly Topics

Part 1: A New Way of Understanding  
Week 1: May 10 - Cutting through delusion: approaches to a new way of being
Week 2: May 17 - Looking with caring eyes: Meet the gatekeepers  
Part 2: Inviting a Different Reality  
Week 3: May 24 - Loosening Identity: Learning to see with wise eyes
Week 4: May 31 - Offering Hugs and Kisses  
Part 3: Time that heals  
Week 5: June 7 - In the depth of the instant
Week 6: June 14 - Going within, opening the world

Readings From

Gesture of Great Love by Tarthang Tulku

Guest Faculty

Dr. Abbe Blum

Abbe Blum holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.A. from Cambridge University in England, where she was a Marshall scholar, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. As an Associate Professor at Swarthmore College, she taught Shakespeare and intensive writing seminars. She currently teaches in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybrook University. She has been studying Buddhism since the 1970’s, and has taught at various TNMC locations since 1998.