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Dharma Studies

The Buddha taught that the answer to our difficulties is found within the mind, and this message fits well with present ways of thinking. In a society where new technologies routinely uproot established customs, and where cultural influences from around the world steadily interact, the central role of the mind in shaping experience is almost self-evident. Though we may be accustomed to using the mind in routine ways, it is natural to acknowledge that the mind contains hidden depths. On some level it seems easy for people to imagine that an exploration of those depths could open a path that leads all the way to enlightenment.

Dharma teachings explore the meaning of human existence, the valid means of knowledge, and the best way to live one´s life –questions common to all great thinkers.


Kum Nye Yoga

DPA Kum Nye Yoga

Kum Nye Relaxation is a gentle healing system that relieves stress, transforms negative patterns, and helps us to be more balanced and healthy, and increases our enjoyment and appreciation of life. In these times when confusion and chaos are a part of daily activity, we are often too charged up to enjoy life. Kum Nye opens our senses and our hearts so that we feel satisfied and fulfilled and can appreciate more fully every aspect of our lives. Even in a short time, the quality of experience can be enriched and our lives grow more harmonious.

The written tradition of Kum Nye as found in Tarthang Tulku’s books Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga and The Joy of Being is contained in Tibetan medical texts as well as in the ancient Vinaya texts of Buddhism. These texts deal with living to physical and universal laws, and include extensive descriptions of healing practices. Kum Nye is thus part of the lineage of spiritual and medical theories and practices which links Tibetan with Indian and Chinese medicine. The third Kum Nye book, Kum Nye Dancing originates from the Tibetan Tantras and Tibetan Yogi Tradition of Lama Dancing. Using human embodiment as a vehicle, Kum Nye Dancing offers the opportunity to awaken one’s potential.

The unique value of studying the Kum Nye system of relaxation is that it integrates and balances two approaches, the physical and the psychological. Kum Nye heals both our bodies and minds, bringing their energies together to function calmly and smoothly. As it leads to the integration of body and mind in all our activities, this relaxation has a vital and lasting quality greater than the feeling of well-being experienced in physical exercise or even in other types of yoga. When we learn to open our senses and touch our feelings directly, our bodies and minds make contact with one another, and all experience becomes rich, healthy and more beautiful. As we become deeply acquainted with ourselves and our self-understanding grows, we are also able to share more fully with others.


Skillful Means

Skillful Means: The Art of Working Well

We have a responsibility to work, to exercise our talents and abilities, to contribute our energy to life. Our nature is creative, and by expressing it we constantly generate more enthusiasm and creativity, stimulating an ongoing process of enjoyment in the world around us.

Working willingly, with our full energy and enthusiasm, is our way of contributing to life. Working in this way is working with skillful means.

People may approach Skillful Means looking for specific answers to specific questions, but the deeper value of the this knowledge lies in its invitation to work and live to the full extent of our human potential.

Reawakening the joy of work as a challenge to learn and grow, the insights that skillful means offers can be applied in infinitely varied ways that have long lasting positive benefits.

Opening into many layers of meaning, this disarmingly simple approach to work as creative exercise attunes the mind to a wider scope of possibilities.

Once engaged in and sustained through application and attention, Skillful Means becomes a playful activity, a way of discovering accomplishment in all we do.


Questioning Mind

Questioning Mind

“Questions we ask ourselves have an evocative quality that calls for response; those that seem most unanswerable keep the gates of our minds open the longest.”
– Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom

Our ability to go beyond the boundaries of the known is one of our most precious resources. Whenever we question the familiar, we open the gates to knowledge and catch glimpses of expansive vistas. Poised on the edge of wonder that turns us toward the unknown and unexpected, the questioning mind is alert and open, receptive to new meanings.

Learning to ask the right question can guide us into the unknown; Questioning Mind can excavate the missing pieces of our lives. An awareness training, Questioning Mind is also a skill we can learn. We are not seeking an answer, but a method to invite the knowledge we already have to bring out the right conditions and the right timing to fulfill the promise of our being. We may discover the lineage we belong to and that belongs to us. Questioning and being aware are our most two most precious teachers.