Lesson series

Gesture of Great Love: Treating Ourselves Well

Level 100 | Living
Fridays, January 12th  – February 23rd 2024, 10:00-11:30 AM PST 

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Weekly Topics

Week 1: The Basis for New Understanding 
Week 2: Seeing with Wise Eyes 
Week 3: Inviting a Different Reality
Week 4: Mind Magic
Week 5: Being Wiser
Week 6: Offering Hugs and Kisses 
Week 7: Moving into a Relaxed Way of Being


"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 a 7-week course as we study and practice Gesture of Great Love: Light of Liberation, the newest teachings presented by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku. The ideas he offers here first emerged some fifty years ago, taking shape as the Time, Space, and Knowledge vision. Through guided exercises and clear, accessible language, these transformative teachings penetrate heart and mind to uncover the depths of our being.

As we face suffering honestly, cultivate emotional well-being, and actively inquire into the nature of identity, language, and time, we find we have a key 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.


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.


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 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.

Readings From

Gesture of Great Love by Tarthang Tulku


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.

Associate Instructors

Bram Williams

Bram Williams is a long term student of yoga and dharma. As an experienced Kum Nye student and teacher he’s attended many programs and trainings in California, as well as annual dharma retreats in Holland and Germany. Bram now practices and teaches in London and Oxford. Currently studying facia focused anatomy, Bram is also an occasional puppeteer and a qualified Lip-Reading Tutor.

Angela Bushaway

Angela has been practicing Kum Nye for many years. She has attended annual Kum Nye retreats in the Netherlands and Germany, as well as training programs in California. Angela has also participated in a number of other programs based on the books of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, including Skillful Means, Knowledge of Freedom, Lotus Trilogy and Dimensions of Mind. She currently teaches Kum Nye classes in Malvern with her partner Roger. Angela is a trained acupuncturist and shiatsu practitioner.