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) Ajahn Nyaniko, Abbot of Abhayagiri.

Third talk: Being with Direct Experience, Embodiment of Dharma
Sunday 13 December at 09:30-11:00 PST,

Ajahn Sucitto was born in London, England in 1949 and became a bhikkhu in Thailand in 1976. He has been living as a bhikkhu in Britain since 1978. He trained under Ajahn Sumedho in the Ajahn Chah lineage for fourteen years and was the abbot of Cittaviveka, Chithurst Buddhist Monastery between 1992 and 2014. He has been teaching on a regular basis since 1981 and has written several books on Buddhist practice including most recently Buddha-Nature, Human Nature, a book on Buddhism and the environment.

Fourth tak: 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.

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)


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


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)


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)


Sat Nov 7, 10:00 AM - Sat Dec 12, 11:30 AM (PST)

“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


Sun Dec 6, 2020, 9:00 AM - Sun Jan 3, 2021, 10:00 AM (PST)


Tue Jan 5, 10:00 AM - Tue Feb 9, 11:30 AM, 2021 (PST)


Mon Jan 18, 5:00 PM - Wed Feb 17, 5:30 PM, 2021 (PST)

Online and Dharma College, 2222 Harold Way, Berkeley, California, United States

We will be using the Skillful Means 28-day challenge along with inspirations from Mastering Successful Work and Caring. This class is for anyone wanting to set priorities for the week with a focus on concentration and setting goals for the month. It is all done with an aspiration to build our work/life balance. The class is a Monday-Friday and meets for only 30 minutes a day.

We will be working together by sharing our goals and paying attention to inner balance. It will end with a class project which will identify a unique task project that you’ve been wishing to achieve but for some reason, it has never materialized. Now, is that chance to bring that project alive! This class is for anyone interested in setting a personal goal and seeing your efforts realized!

You will need a copy of the Skillful Means Workshop book along with Special Notebook. All Coworkers with Wisdom will be invited into this challenge as a complimentary class along with the workbook.

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


International Webinar/Retreat
based on the book Lotus Language by Tarthang Tulku
with Robin Caton and Elske van de Hulst

“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
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.