Sat Oct 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - Sun Jan 10, 2021, 1:00 PM (PDT)

A series of Wisdom talks by great Venerable Masters being organized by Dharma College.

First talk:
Living with Wisdom in our Daily Life and how to distinguish between mind and wisdom? Venerable Ajahn Amaro (October 17th, Saturday 10 am-12 pm).

Second talk:
Deconstructing Our Human Experience from a Buddhist Perspective: A Pathway to Liberation and Inner Freedom (November 14th, 9:30 am-11 am) Venerable Ajahn Pasanno

Third talk: From Abhidhamma Perspective: An Understanding of Mind Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
January (8th, 9th, 10th)

Fri Oct 23, 12:00 PM - Fri Dec 18, 12:30 PM (PDT)

Open to anyone who has taken the previously offered classes on Shamata, we will now begin to use our faculty of calm clarity to penetrate the veil of experience. Clarity enables insight. Calmness lies at the heart of the experience. Using a series of short exercises, we can open a door to a deeper way of being.

From the still point of the turning world, appearance and existence point to one end, which is always present.

Sat Oct 31, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)

“In light of the dynamics of time, the pronunciation seems to have a strange kind of power.”

Lotus Language, p.254

We are the ones who go under the microscope by immersing ourselves

in Rinpoche’s three Lotus texts, opening into the Lotus Time sections of

each of the books, and engaging in contemplation and movement

practices – practical and creative embodied explorations meant to be

actively pursued and shared in our pandemic torn world.

Fall semester focuses on Lotus Language and Lotus Time, Part Two.

Prerequisites: Open to those who have taken one course, retreat or

workshop on a Lotus Trilogy text or Lotus Vision or by permission of

Instructor.

Mon Nov 2, 10:00 AM - Mon Dec 7, 11:00 AM (PST)

Course Description
The History of Buddha Dharma investigates the background of the historical Buddha and his revolutionary journey to spread the Dharma in contemporary society 2600 years ago. Focusing on the impact and the propagation of Dharma from ancient India throughout Asia, from the Buddha’s skillful role in planting the Dharma seeds to his final passing, we will further explore the role of the Buddhist Councils and their significance in uplifting the Buddha’s teachings. Creating a framework in understanding the spread of Dharma, this course will tap into the influence of legendary rulers, Emperor Aśoka and King Kāṇiṣka; compare and contrast the development of Buddhist Schools of thought; provide insight into textual and scriptural scholarship of the Buddha’s teachings from Pāli and Sanskrit scholars and highlight the contributions of the Nālandā tradition. Meaningful dialogue and guided meditation provide the backdrop for the course introduction.

Tue Nov 3, 10:00 AM - Tue Dec 15, 11:30 AM (PST)

Online

Wed Nov 4, 10:00 AM - Wed Dec 16, 11:30 AM (PST)

Online

It is mind that creates our reality and validates its truth; it is mind that points out subjects and objects, and mind that interprets their meaning. But who is this hidden ‘pointer’ that consistently points toward limited ways of knowing? Join us as we inquire into the nature of mind beyond regime. “Once you notice that mind and awareness participate in the confusion and suffering of everyday life, Tarthang Tulku writes, “you may be ready to ask whether mind might be something completely different from the programmed responses we have assumed were natural. Pre-requisite: prior study of Lotus Body and Lotus Language.”

Thu Nov 5, 12:00 PM - Thu Dec 17, 1:30 PM (PST)

Online

Dimensions of Mind Part III (continuation)

How can we look at inner experience without merely mirroring our own preconceptions? What are the right approaches to open the door to inner transformation? These are the topics we will cover this six-week course focusing on Tarthang Rinpoche’s Dimensions of Mind. This six-week course is open to all who are interested in embarking on a journey of self-exploration, inner clarity, and decisiveness.

Fri Nov 6, 10:00 AM - Fri Dec 18, 11:00 AM (PST)

Online

Sat Feb 20, 9:00 AM - Wed Feb 24, 12:00 PM, 2021 (PST)

Online

International Webinar/Retreat
October 10-14, 2020
based on the book Lotus Language by Tarthang Tulku
with Robin Caton, Elske van de Hulst and Caroline van Tuyll

“So much of what it means to be human is related to our use of language. It is for this reason that understanding how language frames experience should be a human priority.“
– Tarthang Tulku in Lotus Language, p xxxiv

It is our great pleasure to announce that Dharma College Berkeley and Nyingma Centrum Nederland will be jointly presenting a five-day webinar retreat based on Tarthang Tulku’s Lotus Trilogy, focusing especially on the book Lotus Language.

Our identities are established through language, and language shapes the way we structure our world. The words we use when thinking or speaking can create the most inspiring feelings, or provoke negativity in ourselves and others. In this retreat, we’ll look more closely at this uniquely creative, yet often overlooked, aspect of being human.

What role does silence play in making meaning? Who thinks when ‘I’ think? How can we open beyond the borders of language to live a more meaningful life?

For who?
Those who have participated in any of the prior Lotus Trilogy programs offered by Dharma College or Nyingma Centrum Nederland are warmly invited to continue their journey with us in this October retreat.

Participation is also open to new students curious to explore the Lotus teachings.

All participants should be prepared and willing to deeply and intimately investigate the architecture of their daily experience and the role that language plays in establishing ‘reality’. This investment in open and caring inquiry will bring freedom from limiting habitual patterns and will help you wake up to your full human potential.

“Can we learn to unlock the voices of all the points pointed out, to give every point the chance to open its petals?”
– Tarthang Tulku in Lotus Language, p xxxvi

Lotus Language by Tarthang Tulku
Lotus Language book
The book Lotus Language by Tarthang Tulku is available at https://dharma-college.com/lotus-bookstore/.
Please order timely – there will be readings from the book during retreat sessions.

The retreat will be presented in English.

Fri Mar 26, 9:00 AM - Sun Mar 28, 6:00 PM, 2021 (PDT)

Dharma College, 2222 Harold St, Berkeley, California, United States

We will be continue to recite the Dighanikaya sutras in Pali. There will be dharma talks, food and sharing in dharma with our Dharma College wider community.