Lesson series

Light of Liberation (Part 3 of 5)

Level 200 | Understanding
Thursdays, January 11th-February 22nd, 10:00-11:30 AM PST
All videos are recorded, allowing you to view them at your convenience.
"Full refund if the first class isn't your cup of tea!"
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Weekly Topics

Term 1
Week 1: A Path of Great Love
Week 2: Time, Understanding, and Inquiry
Week 3: Our Situation Now
Week 4: Joy is Essential
Week 5: Opening the Heart, Awakening the Senses
Week 6: Living Under Mind’s Regime
Week 7: Review  

Term 2

Week 1: Thoughts, Like Birds
Week 2: Projections of Self
Week 3: Traveling Deeper Within
Week 4: Language and Silence
Week 5: Is/Is Not
Week 6: Knower and Known
Week 7: Review  

Term 3

Week 1: Establishing Identity
Week 2: The Limits of Memory
Week 3: Observing Inner Experience
Week 4: Seeing with Wise Eyes
Week 5: A Deeply Interesting Journey
Week 6: Mind Magic
Week 7: Review  

Term 4

Week 1: Language is Not the Enemy
Week 2: How the Regime Loses its Hold
Week 3: Offering Hugs and Kisses
Week 4: Cognitive Light
Week 5: Time and Change
Week 6: The Temporal Dynamic
Week 7: Review  

Term 5

Week 1: Regime-Time
Week 2: Not Knowing
Week 3: Presence
Week 4: A World Without Limits
Week 5: Unity-Wisdom
Week 6: Connecting to the Heart of Being
Week 7: Review


Our human vehicles of body, language and mind have the ability to shine like the sun, freeing us from shadows and lighting our way to meaning, joy, and wisdom. In this second-level course based on Tarthang Rinpoche’s seminal book, Gesture of Great Love, we’ll  turn more deeply within, explore the nature of self and world, and experience the liberating power of the Great Love that can be expressed right here, right now, in this instant.


" I deeply appreciate having been able to receive the Gesture of Great Love teaching online. The pace of the course was perfect and the recordings made it more accessible for me. Symptoms of unwellness are being less treated as objects, embraced more and I've been experiencing more ease and joy.  Some very still silent alive places of being were touched towards the end of the course during the practices together "
Jacqueline A.
" What a privilege and luxury to be guided thru this very special book by its editor and able interpreter! Than you, Robin, for your thoughtful insights"
Howard H.
" Gesture of Great Love is an inspiring and generous book, now being taught by a generous and inspiring teacher. This course is highly recommended "
Jonathan C.


Classes meet online for six weeks, for 90 minutes a week, for five terms. Classes are recorded and you will have access to the recordings, for six months. Each week, there will be opportunity for close examination of the book, experiential practices, and class discussion. An online community portal, and a free, additional half-hour practice session most weeks will provide the optional ability to practice with your fellow students.

Readings From

Gesture of Great Love, supplemented by readings from the ‘Lotus Trilogy ‘and other books in the Understanding Self and Mind series by Tarthang Tulku

Senior Instructor

Robin Caton

Robin Caton holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary's College of California. She is an attorney, poet and teacher who has studied Buddhism for many years, both at the Nyingma Institute and under the direction of Founding Head Lama Tarthang Tulku. Her published works include a volume of poetry, The Color of Dusk. Robin was the Director of Dharma College from 2010 to 2017.

Associate Instructor

Dr. Jonathan Clewley

Jonathan Clewley was educated at the Universities of Sussex (BSc), London (MSc), and Warwick (PhD); and pursued a career as a Clinical Scientist and Virologist at a public health laboratory in London. He has a lifelong interest in arcane and spiritual knowledge, especially Buddhism, coming to Venerable Tarthang Tulku’s teachings through the practice of Kum Nye. As he lives in England, he has been taking online classes at Dharma College with Robin Caton and Richard Dixey since the opportunity first became available.