Lesson series

Practicing Embodiment: Intensive - Ease, Joy, Instant, Offering Hugs and Kisses

Level 300 | Wisdom
Saturdays May 4th to June 15th 10:30 -11:30 AM PDT

All videos are recorded, allowing you to view them at your convenience.
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If it’s an end to suffering you want, bliss is there the moment you let go of the gatekeepers and connect to the open instant.

These seven weeks of Practicing Embodiment move more deeply into Gesture of Great Love and then head into Challenging Journey, Creative Journey.  We continue to teach ourselves quietly: slowing down, growing appreciation, allowing ease, and going within. Each class features experiential inquiry into the immediacy of the instant and the field of mind. We are led into unity-wisdom: an open, silent light, where knowledge, space and time converge.


" Exploring the difficult concepts used by words, each class Abbe uses different presentation of beauty/mystery/calling to kick my mind and I am welcomed as well as welcoming with child-like readiness to play.  Also in one hour of class discussion, Abbe's attentive to listen to each classmates comments and question, gives confidence to freely express questions or comments "
Lei-Ching C.
" There is a fair bit or irony in 'rating' and experience like practicing embodiment, applying a measurement.  If you are ready for it, Practicing Embodiment as conducted by Abbe Blum goes to the heart of being human "
Bob D.
" I am always amazed at Abbe's ability to connect passages from Tarthang Tulku's books(past and present) that elucidate the concepts so readily. And with the embodiment class, connecting the exercises with music...One of my favorite things is the hand-outs before and after each class that keep us engaged with where we are going and what we just did. It is always entertaining, thoughtful and illuminating. It's an honor to be able to take part in Abbe's classes "
Robin W.
A fine, experiential exploration of unlocking the gates of understanding, taught by an expert locksmith. "
Jonathan C.
"The teachings of the Vijnanavada and Yogachara schools have a great deal to teach us..." (Keys of Knowledge 9). Indeed!"
Robert D.
"Abbe's creative ways to integrating body exercises, quotes from many of Ripoche's books, personal experiences and class discussion, each class has helped me to focus on the specifics that reach the core. Abbe's guidance and support have given me courage and patience to listen and play my own music."
Lei-Ching C.


Classes meet online for five terms, seven weeks each term, 1 hour a week. Close work with text, exercises, spacious hugs and kisses, and knowledgeability.  For advanced students at Dharma College. Classes are recorded and accessible for six months. An online community portal gives you the option to meet and be in dialogue with your fellow students.

Weekly Topics

Term 5
Week 1: Resting within:  Treasure within  
Week 2: Bringing the instant into experience  
Week 3: Meditation on Human Nature
Week 4: Merit and Freedom: duty and hard truths
Week 5: Fundamental not-knowing
Week 6: Possibilities limited and limitless  
Week 7: Before form

Readings From

Gesture of Great Love by Tarthang Tulku

Senior Instructor

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.