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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? Online classes include texts, videos, practices, journals and a qualified mentor to assist you. The class option is best for more serious students and those who prefer some personal guidance. Students study the relevant text(s) for each of the classes, watch the videos, 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.
Course catalog - click for a PDF with complete listing and description of all courses at Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute. Know which class you want? Click here. In the Login box, click "Create New Account". Enter the requested ID and password (keep a record) and the other details.
NOTE: The Moodle system will present a message "Is this your first time here?" An email will NOT be sent to you (steps 2 and 3). Instead, email Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com to request that we "confirm" your access, listing your first and last name and the class you wish to take. Once confirmed, you may log in and select the course. Please email us if you have questions or encounter problems: EmailAwamTBI@gmail.com.
In-Person Class - Sundays
Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 1:
This new Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism series will be on Sundays at 9am (approximately 90 minutes), began March 5, but it is not too late to join us.. The 8-part series is a very complete cycle of teachings from preliminary practices through Highest Yoga Tantra and Dzogchen based on the root text of Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava. Each part is 6-weeks (with recordings available online). This series of courses prepares practitioners with a solid background of practice to advance to the highest levels in this lifetime. No other practices are needed.
Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 1 is a survey of Buddhism in India and Tibet and the beginning of the Path of Individual Liberation. Meditation practices are included throughout the series in easy to learn steps.
The text for all 8 Essentials classes is Innate Happiness: A Direct Guidance Manual for Householder Yogis and Yoginis, 2nd Edition (Amazon). Register through the AwamInstitute.org, classes page, or in class, six weeks, $60 or $10 per week.
Introduction to Dzogchen
Begins April 9 at 1pm
Our advanced curriculum is currently focused on the Path of Great Perfection – Dzogchen. This course begins a 9-class series of advanced courses of study and practice on Dzogchen. This includes rigorous college-level classes, 8-weeks each. These include in-person classes (videos available), reading, study, practice, and a journal (recommended). We require that students attempting this curriculum complete the core curriculum (Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism) or the equivalent prior to beginning this curriculum. The Tucson schedule may include days off when local teachings are scheduled with visiting lamas.
Dzogchen or the Great Perfection is the highest level of the Vajrayana teachings. It deals directly with self-liberation into our innate Buddhanature, abiding in the state of rigpa (pure awareness).
Part 1 (8 weeks) of this class describes the three branches of Dzogchen teachings—the mind series, the space series, and the special instructions (including trekcho and togal). Text: Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom translated and compiled by Eric Pema Kunsang and Marcia Binder Schmidt.
Part 2 (8 weeks) is focused on a classical Dzogchen text translated as The Golden Letters, translation, introduction and commentaries by John Myrdhin Reynolds.
This series of courses prepares practitioners with a solid background of practice at the highest levels in this lifetime. No other practices are needed.
Register through the AwamInstitute.org, classes page, or in class, six weeks, $80 or $10 per week.
Online Classes Continue
Online classes may be started and taken at any time at your own pace. Online classes include texts, videos, practices, journals, 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 comprehensive direct practice manual of classes from basics through Great Perfection (Dzogchen) for those who wish to learn but have limited time to study and practice. The teachings by Yogi Khenpo Drimed Dawa are all on video, supplemented with personal support (see the full description at the top of this page). See Course Catalog for details. Text: Innate Happiness: A Direct Guidance Manual for Householder Yogis and Yoginis by Khenpo Drimed Dawa (each of the 8 courses is 6 weeks, $60 ea).
Advanced classes on Dzogchen, the Great Perfection: A complete series of 9 advanced classes 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). Permission is required - please contact Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com. Generally you need to have completed the Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism series of classes or the equivalent.
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).
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 Yogi 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 Yogi 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!