Please note: Students are responsible for obtaining any required empowerments or transmissions.
About Our Courses
Students take our courses for a variety of reasons. One approach is simply to watch the videos, which can be highly instructive. A second is to watch the videos, read the text(s), and do the prescribed practices daily, which is far more helpful and meaningful. The best way is to watch the videos, read the texts, do the prescribed practices daily, and complete the homework and daily practice journal. This, of course requires more time with diligence and patience. It is also by far the most beneficial to your practice and level of realization. We accept all of these levels of students. May the classes be of benefit.
Online courses are now 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.
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Spring Classes - Tucson or Online
Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ
(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)
Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism Part 4 - Continues the Path of Tantra with the generation stage practices of "deity yoga" - generating yourself as the "deity" (a buddha). The content is from the teachings of Padmasambhava as described and supplemented in Innate Happiness by Khenpo Drimed Dawa. Some background and practice experience is very helpful preparation for this class. Sundays, starting February 23, 9-10:30. Six weeks - $60.
The Treasure Meditation Book of the Padling Tersar Lineage (Continues) - This is the second course in a new series that will eventually include the entire Padling Tersar collection (see "About Us" on our website) from the teachings of our spiritual Director and Lineage Holder, HH Khenchen Lama Rinpoche.
This class will focus on how to do deity practice within the Dzogchen view of rigpa - pure awareness. We will begin with concise instructions on that view to be applied to sadhana practice. Then we will examine the 7-Line Prayer for Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) on outer, hidden, secret, Great Perfection, levels, as well as pith instructions and practice as articulated by Mipham Rinpoche in the book White Lotus.
We will then study The Treasure Meditation Book of HH Khenchen Lama Rinpoche, which includes practices of Secret Guru Yoga, Manjushri, Tara, and King Gesar as the Four Roots: guru, yidham, dakini, and protector respectively. Then we will apply the principles of the Dzogchen view to each of these practices. Sundays, started January 5, 1-3pm. 10 weeks - $100.
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.
Essentials of Tibetan Buddhism 1-8: A very thorough program for those who wish to learn but have limited time to practice. The teachings by Khenpo Drimed Dawa are all on video, supplemented with printable handouts. Text: Innate Happiness: A Direct Guidance Manual for Householder Yogis and Yoginis, Khenpo Drimed Dawa. 6 weeks ea, $60 ea.
Advanced Curriculum - Dzogchen, the Great Perfection: Nine classes for advanced students based on contemporary and classical texts. The teachings are on video. 8 weeks ea, $80 ea.
Other individual classes:
Four Foundations of Mindfulness & Mindfulness with Breathing - This class focuses on mindfulness as a practice. The root of the teachings will be based on the Sattipatthana and Anapanasamyutta Sutras, as taught by several different sources. Comparisons will also be drawn with Dzogchen teachings. $40 (4 weeks).
The 37 Bodhisattva Practices - In the Path of Altruism (Mahayana), those who have the courage to undertake the profound change of attitude required to develop true compassion are called Bodhisattvas. They consider others' needs as paramount, and thus strive to attain liberation for the sake of all sentient beings. The root text is a training manual composed in the 14th century by the Buddhist hermit Ngolchu Thogme. We will use The Heart of Compassion commentary by HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. $40 (4 weeks).
Improving Your Practice: An 8-week course from traditional Buddhist views of mind and Western scientific research; addresses difficulties such as staying focused and other common obstacles. 8 weeks, $ 80.
100-Day Ngondro 1-2: Provides a concise structure for completing the preliminary practices based on Jigme Lingpa's Longchen Nyingtik terma, using instructions from HE Jigme Lodro Rinpoche related to The Words of My Perfect Teacher as presented on videos by Khenpo Drimed Dawa. 7 weeks ea, $70
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 - was $80, now FREE (donations requested to support and expand offering free classes).
What Did the Buddha Say? Exploring the Sutras 1-2: An exploration of Pali and Sanskrit sutras and some related sources to provide Vajrayana practitioners a fuller understanding of selected foundational texts of the tradition, as well as to challenge some of our assumptions and understandings; on videos with Khenpo Drimed Dawa. Text: The main text is In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi; other texts are optional. 8 weeks ea, $80 ea.
Vajrayogini: A Highest Yoga Tantra deity practice of Vajrayana. She is a female Buddha who is the essence of all the Buddhas. Participants should have a Vajrayogini empowerment (in one of her variety of forms) or at least some other form of highest yoga empowerment; on videos with Khenpo Drimed Dawa. Text: Vajrayogini by Elizabeth English. 8 weeks; $80.
Kalachakra 1-2: One of the most complex systems in tantric Buddhism. It teaches the practice of working with the most subtle energies within one's body on the path to enlightenment. This class examines the tantra and commentaries, along with practice texts; on videos with Khenpo Drimed Dawa. Prerequisites: Generation and Completion Stage study and practice. Texts: Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kalacakra Tantra by Khendrup Norsang Gyatso 8 weeks ea, $80 ea.
Rigdzin Dupa - Gathering of Vidyadharas: This class will study the Rigdzin Dupa: Gathering of Vidyadharas text and sadhana. It is a highest yoga tantra practice linked to the Guhyagarbha Tantra. It is a treasure text from the Longchen Nyingtik terma of Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), a generation-stage practice with a Dzogchen (Great Perfection) view. Fee: $60, 6 weeks.
The Preliminary Practices of the Padling Tersar Lineage - This course begins a new series that will eventually include the entire Tersar collection (see "About Us"). This first class will focus on the preliminary practices (ngondro) leading to the more advanced practices from the teachings of our spiritual Director and Lineage Holder, HE Khenchen Lama Rinpoche. We will use The Words of My Perfect Teacher and other handouts for the sessions. Sundays, starting September 8, 1-3pm. 10 weeks - $100.
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). Please check our website to inquire about specific availability. Class registration is available through our website AwamInstitute.org under “Take Classes”.
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. The course schedule depends upon mentor availability. 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 by going to our website at AwamInstitute.org to sign up under “Take Classes”, or you may register with the instructor in Tucson.
Payment for online classes is made via PayPal by credit or debit card. The cost is currently $60 per course for each part of Essentials and $80 per part for each of the advanced curriculum courses. Books are purchased by students separately either at local bookstores or online.
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!
May all beings be happy!