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PLEASE NOTE: In-person classes are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic until further notice. ONLINE classes and free videos are still available ... and a great way to support your practice! (See below.) ...Khenpo Dean
Please note: Students are responsible for obtaining any required empowerments or transmissions.
About Our Courses & Free Videos
Students take our courses for a variety of reasons. One approach is simply to watch the free videos, which can be highly instructive. What is the difference? The class option is best for more serious students and those who prefer some personal guidance. The difference here is that students study the relevant text(s) for each of the classes, do the practices twice each day, complete a journal: a daily record of (1) practices and experiences, (2) a summary of key points learned from study, (3) descriptions of application in daily life, and (4) questions they have about the study and practice. These are submitted to a teacher or mentor to help guide student learning (normally once each week). Current classes are online only with students proceeding at their own pace. The cost is based upon $10/class session. For example, the Essentials classes are 6 sessions each ($60), and most other classes are 4, 8 or 10 sessions each. May these classes be of benefit to you and other beings.
Online courses are available on an open-entry basis, that is, students may begin at any time (subject to mentor availability). Please email us at EmailAwamTBI@gmail.com for specific availability. Tucson course availability is listed in our monthly newsletter.
New Online Class Coming in the Fall!
The Bodhisattas Way of Life: The Bodhisattva (Bodhi = Awakened; sattva = being) takes a path focused on altruism for the benefit of others, and indirectly for themselves. The principle is found as early as the Pali Tradition, but was emphasized in the Mahayana. The classic text is A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Shantideva.The text is based on the core practices of the Six Perfections: generosity, ethical discipline, patience, diligence, meditative concentration and wisdom. It has been described as "the essence of all of Buddhism."
Bodhicitta, the excellent and precious mind,
Where it is unborn, may it arise.
Where it is born, may it not decline
But ever increase higher and higher.
According to the legend, Shantideva was originally regarded as a lazy person by his fellow monks at the famous Nalanda (Buddhist) University around the seventh century. Not knowing that he was an enlightened being, they devised a scheme to embarrass him into leaving the university. They were sure that he would not be able to expound upon the Buddhist scriptures, so they requested that he teach. Shantideva agreed, gave the teaching, displayed miraculous powers, and disappeared into the sky. The words he spoke were later written down as the well-known Bodhisattva's Way of Life. His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says that his religion is lovingkindness and compassion, an expression of action Bodhicitta to benefit all beings.
Class will meet Sundays at 1pm starting September 6th at our Meditation Center on Zoom; 8-weeks, $80. (Instructions will be sent to registered students.) If for any reason you are unable to pay this fee, please send an email to Khenpo Dean at Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com to discuss your condition. No one will be denied participation due to conditions beyond their control.
Online Classes Continue:
Online classes may be started and taken at any time at your own pace. Online classes include videos and a qualified mentor to assist you. Classes include the Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism, advanced classes on Dzogchen, and other basic or advanced classes of a general interest. Please see the Course Catalog for detailed descriptions of each.
Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism 1-8: A very complete program for those who wish to learn but have limited time to study and practice. The teachings by Khenpo Drimed Dawa are all on video, supplemented with personal support (see the full description at the top of this page). Text: Innate Happiness: A Direct Guidance Manual for Householder Yogis and Yoginis by Khenpo Drimed Dawa (each course is 6 weeks, $60 ea).
Advanced - Dzogchen, the Great Perfection: Nine courses for advanced students based on contemporary and classical texts. See Course Catalog for details and texts. The teachings are on video (each course is 8 weeks, $80 ea).
Other basic classes:
Mindfulness: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness & Mindfulness with Breathing: Mindfulness practices from the Sattipatthana and Anapanasamyutta Sutras (4 weeks, $40).
What Did the Buddha Say? Exploring the Sutras 1-2: Stories and teachings of the Buddha from the Sutras (8 weeks ea part, $80 ea).
The 37 Bodhisattva Practices: Practices for the sake of all sentient beings (4 weeks, $40).
Improving Your Practice: Buddhist views of mind and Western scientific research (audio only) (8 weeks, $80).
100-Day Ngondro 1-2: Preliminary practices based on Jigme Lingpa's Longchen Nyingtik terma and Words of My Perfect Teacher (7 weeks ea part, $70 ea).
The Preliminary Practices of the Padling Tersar Lineage: Foundational practices of the Nyingma lineage based on The Words of My Perfect Teacher (10 weeks, $100).
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A detailed look at instructions of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) according to the terma of Karma Lingpa; includes other sources on death and dying from Tibetan Buddhism; videos with Khenpo Drimed Dawa. Text: The Tibetan Book of the Dead trans. by Trungpa and Fremantle. 8 weeks. Free.
Other advanced classes:
White Lotus & the Four Roots - The Dzogchen View (in Padling Tersar collection): White Lotus is a commentary on the Seven-Line Prayer to Padmasambhava, revered by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The Four Roots are Guru, Yidam, Dakini, and Protector: (1) Secret Rigpa Guru Yoga, (2) A Manjushri, (3) Tara, and (4) King Geysar each considered from the Dzogchen view (10 weeks, $100).
Guhyagarbha Tantra 1-2: Study and practice of the core tantra of the Nyingma lineage. Texts: The Guhyagarbha Tantra: Secret Essence Definitive Nature Just as It Is by Longchenpa and Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra by Jamgon Mipham (8 weeks each, $80 each).
Rigdzin Dupa - Gathering of Vidyadharas: Rigdzin Dupa: Gathering of Vidyadharas text and sadhana, a Highest Yoga Tantra generation-stage practice with a Dzogchen (Great Perfection) view (6 weeks, $60).
Vajrayogini 1-2: A Highest Yoga Tantra deity practice, some form of Vajrayogini empowerment, your lama's permission, or at least some other Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment required. Text: Vajrayogini by Elizabeth English (8 weeks ea part, $80 ea).
Kalachakra 1-2: The practice of working with the most subtle energies within one's body on the path to enlightenment. Other Highest Yoga Tantra experience is essertial. Texts: Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kalacakra Tantra by Khendrup Norsang Gyatso (8 weeks ea part, $80 ea).
Admission & Registration
There is no separate admission process for the Essentials courses. Although it is best to take the courses sequentially from the beginning (Part 1), a student may begin with any of the eight parts. Online courses are available on an open-entry basis, that is, students may begin at any time (subject to mentor availability).
The advanced curriculum courses require completion of the Essentials courses or other similar background, the latter of which must be approved by Khenpo Drimed Dawa in advance. Contact Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com for course availability. Once you have been approved and assigned a mentor, you will be able to register for your course. Simply click here, or you may register with the instructor in Tucson.
Payment for online classes is made via PayPal by credit or debit card. Books are purchased by students separately either at Amazon or local bookstores.
Courses and cost are subject to changes without notification. For any other questions or information, please contact Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com.
Thank you for your interest in Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute’s programs of study in Tibetan Buddhism. We sincerely wish you great success in your path to innate happiness for the benefit of all sentient beings!