Students report feeling more spacious and flexible, with inspiration arising in their lives and work. Appreciation opens up, as well as access to more direct experience. Some students have also mentioned that loneliness and isolation dissolve as sharing, self- care, and community develop.
If you have completed Level 1 and Level 2 courses (or with the permission from Executive Director), there are a wide range of Level 3 courses to choose from:
Here, we’ll consider how we manifest in the world. We’ll look at the relationship between appearance, space and time. By exploring borders, we can open new connections.
Examine how words and meaning impact our human experience. How can language be engaged to encourage authentic communication?
Everyone has the capacity to fully develop their abundant human potential. Through dialogue and active inquiry, we investigate the “weather”—all the conditions of mind. We may find that mind is indistinguishable from calm clarity; we may glimpse that sharing at bottom mind is the same unity: all lila—all play—inimitable and inexpressibly beautiful manifestations of mind.
During this one-hour weekly class, students of Lotus Trilogy engage in contemplations and activities that help unbind and unwind the regime of mind’s production process. What is it like to settle into a home in which knowledge is integrated into our lives? As we activate wide-angle seeing, as deeper senses open up, changes in understanding and experience materially affect our conduct. This is an active, practical, practice-oriented class that also, however, takes on the conceptual and opens dialogue. Examples and inspiration regularly come from what inspires in daily life
Practices and dialogues will be drawn from Lotus Mind through February of 2023. Keys of Knowledge will be the focus for three terms from March 2023 – September 2024. Students who have studied The Lotus Trilogy are welcome. The class will open to those who have taken 200 Level Revelations of Mind when Keys of Knowledge study begins in March 2023.
In this course, we will engage in a new kind of inquiry, using Tarthang Tulku’s seminal book, Time, Space and Knowledge. We will explore Time, Space and Knowledge as fundamental facets of human experience, offering visionary pathways for expanding our natural intelligence, intrinsic freedom and direct nourishment of our humanity. The course will utilize weekly readings, discussions and practice of exercises.
Introduction to the Lotus Vision (Dates to be Determined)
Body, language, and mind are our vehicle, our basic tool. Only through this trio, this trilogy of expressive stories, can we transmit and transform what we have, what we are, and what we can know.
Lotus Trilogy is a path of inquiry, a shining, working model for understanding mind and heart. This retreat introduces Tarthang Tulku’s vision of being and knowing that integrates body, language and mind. Based on the Tibetan wisdom tradition—yet presented in a secular way that is open to all—the Lotus teachings guide us to the full flowering of our human potential. As we connect head and heart, learn to communicate skillfully, and touch the silence at the center of our mind, our positive way of being shines effortlessly into the world.
Wangmo Dixey (Executive Director, Instructor), born in Berkeley, California, in 1969, is the eldest daughter of Venerable Tarthang Tulku. In addition to her role as Director of the College, she is Executive Director of the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International and President of the International Buddhist Association of America. She has been awarded many international accolades for her work in Asia. She holds a BA in International Relations from UCLA and an MA in International Development from American University. Married to Dr. Richard Dixey, she has two children.
Robin Caton (Instructor) 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.
Abbe Blum (Instructor) 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.
Bob Dozor (Associate Instructor) 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.
Richard Kingsland (associate instructor), holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Davis, and an M.D. with honors from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine from the University of California, San Diego, and served as an emergency physician in San Diego County for many years. He has traveled frequently to India and Nepal and has been a student of Venerable Tarthang Tulku since 1970.
Richard Dixey (Instructor) 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.
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