Sat Mar 6, 8:30 AM - Sat May 22, 10:00 AM (PST)

Online

Dates for the Class:
Saturdays 8:30-10 am Pacific Time.
Sat Mar 6, 8:30 AM - Sat May 22, 10:00 AM

This is a 12 week class with two segments of 6 weeks each. The first 6 weeks explore the teaching of Tarthang Tulku and its relationship to medicine and healing. He articulates his Nyingma Buddhist tradition with an authentically Western perspective rooted in living in California for more than 50 years. The class will be secular in nature and is presented by Dharma College.

The second 6-week segment will be case presentations and discussion in the Balint group format. Balint groups explore emotional and less conscious aspects of practitioner-patient/client relationships. https://americanbalintsociety.org/

As the Balint group process develops over the 6 weeks and is grounded in confidentiality, we ask all participants to make the following commitments:
-to attend every one of the 6 Balint group sessions
-to have a quiet, private space for all the sessions
-to have adequate wifi to join with both video and audio during the 90 min sessions

Course Goals
At the end of the Balint training, attendees will be able to:

  1. Discuss the impact of provider reflection and self-care on clinical practice

  2. Identify aspects of challenging practitioner-client relationships that affect your practice

  3. Explain the importance of compassion for the resilience of practitioners

  4. Formulate different options for handling challenging patient encounters

  5. Describe the usefulness of the group process for members of a Balint group

  6. Describe the usefulness of the group process for the presenter of a case

  7. Differentiate Balint group work from conventional case consultation

  8. Identify your own responses to language related to diversity and ‘otherness’ of patients 9. Identify your own responses to language related to diversity and ‘otherness’ of colleagues

If you are not sure you can attend all 6 Balint sessions, please contact Ellen Barnett: docellenimc@gmail.com and she will reach out to you for a brief conversation.

This activity Healing for Professionals is acceptable for up to 11.75 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

The American Balint Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Balint Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity is approved for 9 CE credits.

Ratna Ling retreat center has reviewed this course and can award up to 11.75 CE units to MFT, LCSWs licensed in California for this course. Participants can claim credit for up to 11.75 hrs of this course.

Sat Mar 13, 10:30 AM - Sat Apr 17, 12:00 PM (PST)

Lotus Lab: Lotus Mind, Lotus Time

I’ve tried this tour; I don’t find any profit in it. I’d rather take my profits in joy: that’s how my mind becomes truly rich. .
Lotus Body, p.222

We are the ones who go under the microscope by immersing ourselves in Rinpoche’s three Lotus texts. We open into the Lotus Time section of The Lotus Trilogy and engage in contemplation and movement practices – practical and creative embodied explorations meant to be actively pursued and shared in our pandemic torn world.

Spring focuses on Lotus Mind and Lotus Time, Part Three.

Prerequisites: Abbe Blum, Instructor. 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 Mar 15, 10:00 AM - Mon Apr 19, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Online

The discourse of dependent origination captured the Buddha’s vision, knowledge and highest wisdom. It provides the conceptual framework of Buddhist psychology which precisely describes the origin and cessation of suffering. The psychological perspective of dependent origination explores the application of mental discipline and the practice of morality as the foundation to healing from physical ailments such as stress, restlessness, depression or bodily disorder.

A six weeks course, Unfolding Dependent Origination: Significance and Application in Daily Life, extensively explores the Buddha’s most profound, yet subtle teachings, based on Pāli and Sanskrit scriptures. This course will further discuss an application of dependent origination and its radical insight to recognize the vision of life, in addition to an understanding in which one sees the way everything is interconnected to each other.

Fri Mar 19, 5:00 PM - Fri Apr 23, 5:00 PM (PDT)

Online

Tue Mar 23, 10:00 AM - Fri Apr 23, 10:30 AM (PDT)

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

This class is for anyone wishing to focus on concentration and bringing joy into your life. You may wish to complete a project and need an extra little lift to see it fully manifest. Are we paying attention to work/life balance? Are we remembering to bring joy into our day? This class meets every morning for just 30 minutes, Monday-Friday. It starts with a daily mediation and the intention to bring more focus and concentration into our lives.

The outcome of working together for 28 days is to pay more attention to the joy in our lives and to see the important connection to joy and stabilizing the mind. We will be working from Mastering Successful Work, Gesture of Balance, and Caring. These books can be purchased through our in house Lotus Bookstore.

Tue Apr 6, 9:00 AM - Tue Apr 20, 10:00 AM (PDT)

Online

Tue Apr 27, 10:00 AM - Tue Jun 1, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Online

Wed Apr 28, 10:00 AM - Wed Jun 2, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Online

Knowing Lotus Mind, Part 5

Thu Apr 29, 10:00 AM - Thu Jun 3, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Online

Fri Apr 30, 10:00 AM - Fri Jun 18, 11:30 AM (PDT)

Online

Sat May 1, 10:30 AM - Sat Jun 19, 12:00 PM (PDT)

Lotus Lab: Lotus Mind, Lotus Time

I’ve tried this tour; I don’t find any profit in it. I’d rather take my profits in joy: that’s how my mind becomes truly rich. .
Lotus Body, p.222

We are the ones who go under the microscope by immersing ourselves in Rinpoche’s three Lotus texts. We open into the Lotus Time section of The Lotus Trilogy and engage in contemplation and movement practices – practical and creative embodied explorations meant to be actively pursued and shared in our pandemic torn world.

Spring focuses on Lotus Mind and Lotus Time, Part Five

Prerequisites: Abbe Blum, Instructor. Open to those who have taken one course, retreat or workshop on a Lotus Trilogy text or Lotus Vision or by permission of Instructor.

Fri May 7, 10:00 AM - Fri Dec 10, 12:00 PM (PDT)

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

Please stay tuned to our next series of Wisdom Talks.

Sat Jul 10, 2021, 10:00 AM - Sat Feb 12, 2022, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The Abhidhamma Philosophy of the Theravada Tradition

A course taught by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

Dharma College is happy to announce that it Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will be continuing the program on the Theravada Abhidhamma philosophy that he started this past January. On January 9 and 10, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi gave a two-day online program at Dharma College on the first two chapters of the Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, his annotated edition of the Abhidhammattha-Sangaha. The Sangaha is the primary handbook of Abhidhamma in the Theravada world, used in the monasteries of southern Asia to introduce students to the complex philosophical psychology of the Abhidhamma.

Beginning in July, Ven. Bodhi will continue this series, covering the remaining chapters of the Comprehensive Manual. These deal with such topics as functions and objects of consciousness, the process of consciousness, kamma and rebirth, the material world, and much more. A schedule of the classes can be found below. Most classes will be given on selected Saturdays, but in September the course will be spread out over the three days of the Labor Day weekend.

Each class will be given in two sessions, from 10 am to 12 noon, and from 2 pm to 4 pm PT = 1 pm to 3 pm, and 5 pm to 7 pm. The two sessions are sequential, not repetitions of the same class.

Before joining the classes that begin this summer, it is recommended that students view the recordings of the classes on the first two chapters of the Comprehensive Manual given this past January, on states of consciousness and mental factors. These can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBIV-qFu3kM&list=PLBmQktl6KetWDqJT0aPOEiGaGzBoF_hhQ

Here is the syllabus (CMA = Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma):

July 10: CMA Chapter 3: Functions, doors, and objects of consciousness.
August 7: CMA Chapter 4: The process of consciousness.
September 4, 5, 6: CMA Chapters 5 & 6 (Labor Day Weekend Retreat). Rebirth consciousness, realms of existence, karma, and the material world.
October 9: CMA Chapter 7: Defilements, aids to enlightenment, and factors of experience.
November 13: CMA Chapter 8: Dependent origination and conditional relations.
The dates for CMA Chapter 9, on meditation practice, will be announced later.

This Abhidhamma course is being conducted in partnership with the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS). Based at Chuang Yen Monastery in upstate New York, BAUS is dedicated to promoting a broad view of the Buddha’s teachings in the United States and offers programs by esteemed teachers of different Buddhist traditions.

Mon Jul 19, 3:00 PM - Fri Jul 23, 12:30 AM (PDT)

Virtual and Ratna Ling, 33755 TIN BARN ROAD, CAZADERO, CA, United States

“The mind’s reflections open into a dimension of depth. If we can follow them into this depth, we may discover an unknown language and a new way of knowing. This is not mysterious; it just depends on the feedback we receive when we look at what is really happening….The kind of knowledge we’re talking about is also a different way of being. It’s a master key to being human; it lets us enter the storehouse where vast treasures are found every day. We can investigate mind activities and thought activities and sense activities. New knowledge leads to new abilities.” Venerable Tarthang Tulku, Dimensions of Mind pg. 170

Fri Oct 8, 9:00 AM - Sun Oct 10, 6:00 PM (PDT)

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

In colloboration with the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International, we will be continue to recite the Dighanikaya sutras in Pali. There will be dharma talks, food and sharing in dharma with our local Bay Area community.