Active Wisdom

Unfolding body, language, and mind


Human being can unfold like the petals of a lotus, revealing the beauty within. This advanced program thoroughly investigates the ordinary assumptions that limit us. Through inquiry and exploration, we may discover that the heart of being is an open field.


A series of nine courses exploring the three core texts of Tarthang Tulku’s Lotus Trilogy: Body, Language, Mind. Each six-week course consists of a weekly 90-minute class and additional self-directed study and exercises.
active wisdom


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. Together, we’ll look at how understanding the mind’s true nature can provide greater inner harmony.
  • “This program challenged me to keep looking—through questioning and seeking answers. Now, both my psychology and my world seem to have changed. I'm amazed how quickly I can now put those answers to the test and free myself from 'dis-ease.'”
    -Dharma College Student

Upcoming Classes

Core Texts

“Lotus Body”
Lotus Language
“Lotus Language”
“Lotus Mind”


Wangmo Dixey

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

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.

Dr. Richard Dixey

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.

Dr. Abbe Blum

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.