Grounded Living

Develop practices that awaken inner harmony.


Discover how to find ease, joy, and compassion in everyday life. Through experiential practices for body and mind, you’ll develop tools for relating more harmoniously to yourself and others. As you build these inner resources, each aspect of your own experience becomes the canvas on which you paint. Your senses expand, your awareness increases.


Each six week course meets one-hour each week. While new students can join any term, there is a natural progression from the first to last course. Classes are discussion and practice-oriented. While we’ll reference texts during class, extensive at-home reading is not necessary.

  1. Balance, Self-Care, and the Healing Power of Ease
  2. Heart Teachings for Everyday Life
  3. The Joy of Feeling and Sensing
  4. Discovering Mind
  5. Transforming the ‘Story of 'Me'
  6. Letting go
grounded living
  • “I can see how I can become a more extraordinary human by watching my mind in a way I did not have access to before.”
    -Dharma College Student
  • “We all have within us the resources to be healthy and balanced; it is simply a matter of directing and utilizing our energies properly.”
    -Gesture of Balance, 47

Upcoming Classes

Core Texts

“Gesture of Balance”
“Gesture of Balance”
Openness Mind
“Openness Mind”
Joy of Being
“Joy of Being”


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.