Clear Understanding

Waking up to the revelation of mind

Overview

Mind itself has rarely been the subject of serious observation and sustained inquiry. This can reveal a way of understanding that dissolves our problems and blossoms into creative freedom. As it is, beset by misunderstanding, our world staggers from one crisis to the next. Imprisoned by our own concepts, blind to the effects they have on our behaviors, it’s hard to find a way forward. The path of understanding addresses these problems directly. We’ll begin with how mind can examine mind, then explore inner narratives. Then, we’ll deepen our understanding of the ongoing relationship between what we see and what we think, revealing a freedom within mind that is totally unexpected.

Format

Revelations of Mind is a flagship course at Dharma College. Approached through its commentary, Searcher Reaches Lands Limits, we work through a series of five six week classes. Each class is presented as a 90 minute online zoom event with additional self-directed study and exercises. Classes are recorded and stored for six months on our online community portal, where a dedicated classroom is created for all attendees.

Benefits of Understanding

- Clarify the difference between the mechanical and intuitive elements of experience
- Address fixed emotional and habitual patterns
- Discover a base of cognitive freedom in all experience

Courses

If you have completed a couple of terms or more of Level 1 courses (or with the permission of Executive Director), please find our Level 2 course:

201: Searches Reaches Land's Limits

Searches Reaches Land's Limits is a commentary on the ground-breaking (Revelations of Mind), and is a central course at Dharma College. Beginning with an examination of how our experience is in part reactive, we come to realise the root causes of distress and suffering. We then consider how best to approach mind training with a view to understanding how we construct experience from the projection of time. This in turn reveals the ground of experience from which we discover a new way of being: a revelation of mind. 


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  • “I’ve studied Buddhism for 45 years. These classes have created openings to directly experience teachings that have been previously only theoretical and fleeting. I connect more deeply with my meditation practices now, more than ever.”
    -Dharma College Student

Upcoming Courses

Instructors

Dr. Ron Purser

Ron Purser, Ph.D. (Associate Instructor) is a Professor of Management at San Francisco State University. Author of eight books, including McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Penguin Random House/Repeater Books), the Handbook of the Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness and the Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement (Springer). He writes for such media outlets as Tricycle, The Guardian, Salon, Alternet, Tikkun, Pando Daily and Transformation. He began studying Time, Space and Knowledge (TSK) in 1982.

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 Kathleen Lyon

Dr. Kathleen Lyon

Dr. Kathleen Lyon graduated with a BA in Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude), from Rutgers University (Douglass College), received her MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and her psychoanalytic training from The Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY).  She is a Training and Supervising Analyst on faculty at PANY, and the NYU School of Medicine, teaching at both institutions for over 20 years and receiving the Teacher of the Year award in Psychiatry in 2007.  She is also a member of and on the clinical register of the Neuropsychoanalytic Association. A Buddhist practitioner since the 1990s. She is in the full-time private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychiatry in New York City. 


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