Lesson series

Searcher Reaches Land's Limits (Term 1)

Level 200 | Understanding
Tuesdays, September 17th-October 29th, 10:00-11:30 AM PDT
Term 2: Tuesdays, November -December, 10:00-11:30 AM PST
Term 3: Tuesdays, January-February, 10:00-11:30 AM PST
Term 4: Tuesdays, March-April, 10:00-11:30 AM PST
Term 5: Tuesdays, May-June, 10:00-11:30 AM PDT

All videos are recorded, allowing you to view them at your convenience.
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Description

This one year course works through Tarthang Rinpoche’s Revelations of Mind, using Richard Dixey’s commentary, Searcher Reaches Lands Limits. There are five six week terms, totaling 30 classes overall, with a revision class at the end of each term, and a weekly movement class.  

Mind itself has rarely been the subject of serious observation and sustained inquiry. This can reveal a way of understanding that dissolves our problems and blossoms into creative freedom. As it is, beset by misunderstanding, our world staggers from one crisis to the next. Imprisoned by our own concepts, blind to the effects they have on our behaviors, it’s hard to find a way forward. The path of understanding addresses these problems directly. We’ll begin with how mind can examine mind, then explore inner narratives. We explore how cognition is structured, leading to a new appreciation of how we construct our experience. Closely coupling classes with meditation exercises, we deepen our understanding of the ongoing relationship between what we see and what we think, revealing a freedom within mind that is totally unexpected. This new freedom is deepened until it can be accessed at any point- a true Revelation of Mind.

Testimonials

"This is a unique course about theory and practice of non-conceptual knowing/understanding. Richard Dixey is a clear and knowledgeable instructor and the content is grounded on conceptual, structured teachings. This series of classes have altered my view!'
Tania V.
"I’ve studied Buddhism for 40 years plus and the searcher course was a real eye-opener answering many questions that I'd puzzled over, all of this in my own language without any jargon. It really is a pleasure to take part in a course like this. A really interesting and unique course, a game changer and highly recommended.'
Andy W.
"This is a superb class--referring to the entire Searcher Reaches Land's Limits series. Participants from widely different backgrounds engaged in careful, systematic reading of Revelations of Mind and the commentary, week by week, a few chapters at a time. The class is suitable for anyone who lives in a body and has a mind. It requires reading, contemplation, and engagement with the material to reap the benefits, but the support and guidance is there. This is extraordinary material and very, very well presented."
Lauri H.

Format

Classes meet online for six weeks, for one and a half hours a week. Classes are recorded and you will have access to the recordings for your personal use only. Each week, there will be a short lecture followed by experiential practices and discussion. Weekly handouts will provide inspirational readings and the instructions you need to continue your experiential learning at home. An online community portal gives you the optional ability to meet and dialog with your fellow students. A review class is offered at the end of each term, and an embodied movement practice class is offered weekly.

Weekly Topics

Term 1
Week 1: Omnipresence of Mind
Week 2: Regime of Mind
Week 3: The clarification of experience
Week 4: Mind on Automatic
Week 5: Victims of our own display
Week 6: Self-identity closes the Regime of Mind  

Term 2
Week 1: Opening the path
Week 2: Finding the calm state
Week 3: A staff for the Taklamakan
Week 4: Going beyond the known
Week 5: Deeping our enquiry
Week 6: Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth
Week 7: Review class  

Term 3
Week 1: Transmigration
Week 2: The Maya of Time
Week 3: It’s labeling time
Week 4: Maya as creator; making a narrative
Week 5: Beginnings and endings
Week 6: Rushen
Week 7: Review class  

Term 4
Week 1: No characteristics, no expectations
Week 2: Stopping the world
Week 3: A shift in the center of being
Week 4: Connecting to a cause
Week 5: Working with reactivity
Week 6: Overcoming Stoicism
Week 7: Review Class  

Term 5
Week 1: Without foundation
Week 2: Seeing-knowing
Week 3: Tracking back the how
Week 4: Path advice for self
Week 5: Path advice for other
Week 6: Revelation of Mind
Week 7: Review class

Readings From

Instructor

Dr. Richard Dixey

Richard Dixey holds a Ph.D. from London University, an M.A. with distinction in the history and philosophy of science from London University, and a B.A. Hons from Oxford. He was director of the Bioelectronic Research Unit at St Bartholomew's hospital in London for fourteen years before founding and becoming the Chief Executive of Phytopharm PLC, a biotechnology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Richard has been a student of Buddhism since 1972 and has traveled extensively in the Himalayas, India and South East Asia. He is currently an advisor to the Khyentse Foundation.

Associate instructor

Simon Cook

Simon Cook has a Geography Degree from Southampton University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University. He taught English Language to adults for many years, in the UK and Europe, and has taught Tibetan refugees in India. Simon did the Nine-month Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga Program at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley in 1986/87. He works for the charity Age UK, helping older people. He teaches Kum Nye at a local therapy center.

Assisted By

Kunzang Dechen Wangmo