Lesson series

The Pattern that Connects; Becoming Indigenous to a Place

Level 100 | Living
Tuesdays, May 7th to June 18th 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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Are we on the brink of ecological disaster? Climate disruption is accelerating. Social cohesion is frayed. There is hope and opportunity to restore our planet, “a great turning,” but we may also have to go through “a great unravelling.” Buddhist Contemplative practice, western Philosophy, Science and Literature, and the wisdom of Indigenous people will inform our inquiry into how we and the whole web of life on Earth can live and prosper into the far future.

Our learning objective is to engage environmental crisis through Contemplative Ecology, including meditative and contemplative practices and exercises from Tarthang Tulku. We will explore Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, Epistemology, Systems and Complexity theory, the Wisdom of Plants, Indigenous ritual, Buddhist Philosophy and Western Phenomenology.


Classes meet online for seven weeks, 1.5 hours a week. Classes are recorded and accessible for six months. Each week features short presentations, experiential exercises, and discussion.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Introduction to Deep Ecology 
Week 2: Ecosystems are Places
Week 3: Embodied Knowing is Evolution
Week 4: Contemplative Ecology: Becoming Indigenous to a Place
Week 5: The Work that Reconnects
Week 6: The Council of All Beings
Week 7: Re-Vision

Readings From


Dr. Bob Dozor

Bob Dozor is the  Medical Director of the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa and the Nyingma Senior Retreat Center at Ratna Ling. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago in the history and philosophy of science and an MD  from the University of California, San Francisco.  He has been a student of Buddhism since the 1960’s and a student of Venerable Tarthang Tulku since 1972.

Assistant Instructor

Rosalyn White

Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, since 1972. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the California College of Art and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 40 years. She has worked in the Nyingma Community since 1975, illustrating Dharma Publishing and Yeshe De books and contributing designs for the Odiyan retreat center. She also managed Dharma Publishing for two years, the Tibetan Aid Project for ten years and Ratna Ling Retreat Center for seven years.