Dharma Publishing Academy
Ongoing Education for Dharma Publishing Books
Ratna Ling, California, January 15, 2013
In September 2012, we introduced the Dharma Publishing Academy, offering a variety of programs on many of the books we publish. In addition to seminars and retreats, Dharma Publishing Academy offers programs by email, audio CDs and DVDs, and webinars: classes by phone. It may take a moment to become accustomed to classes by phone, but it turns out that participants find it direct, intimate and fulfilling of the wish for more teachings without the need to travel to our retreat center.
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in a new series of teachings by phone to deepen your interest in Tibetan Buddhist principles, especially in Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche’s teachings and to learn to incorporate them into your everyday life and work.
Using a telephone webinar system, the classes are live, interactive and encourage deepening your understanding and commitment to make the most of this life. Classes are 75 minutes in length and include Spanish translation as well as weekly practices and reading materials. Each class is made available for download on the Dharma Publishing website following the webinar.
Bring the spirit of a retreat to your home and workplace, and cultivate what you truly love. DharmaPublishing Academy helps you access your inner potential, gives you the tools to keep it alive, and creates confidence so that you can share it with others.
“Thanks a lot for all your caring and also the same for the whole team. Everybody was brilliant in supporting us. Arnaud was fantastic and incredible, no words to describe.” - Camilla, Sao Paolo
Overview of Buddha’s Teachings
Wednesdays, noon/12 o’clock, California time, starting February 6th
with Arnaud Maitland
Am I only Born to Die Again? – The Buddha
The life story of the Buddha continues to inspire millions who try to follow in his footsteps. The Buddha's teachings may give life clear directions on how to get the most out of life. The teachings of the Buddha (Dharma) can be grouped in many ways. In this webinar, we will discuss the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma which roughly introduces us to the nature of self, the nature of reality and the promise of being.
Contents: 6 sessions, 75 minutes each.
Topic: Two sessions on each Turning of the Wheel. Sessions 1 and 2, the First Turning, covers the Buddha's life story, The Three Jewels, and the Four Noble Truths. Sessions 3 and 4 introduce the second Turning and its emphasis on wisdom and compassion, the Bodhisattva ideal, the Six Paramitas and Madhyamika; whereas sessions 5 and 6 introduce the Third Turning and specific teachings for the body, speech and mind (mudra, mantra, and mandala) to realize the promise of being human and Yogacara.
Skillful Means: Training the Mind for Leadership, Part II
Thursdays, noon/12 o’clock, California time, starting February 7th
with Arnaud Maitland
"Work is transformed into a dynamic challenge that expresses our values - a means of putting into practice who we are and who we choose to be." -- Tarthang Tulku
With our head, heart, and gut united, we can accomplish something meaningful for ourselves and beneficial for others, and enjoy a steady stream of understanding and insight. This is a skillful means way of uniting wisdom and compassion: the Dharma in action for the modern world. In taking responsibility for our mind, we are less and less a victim of habitual reactions to what is happening. Self- inflicted limitations make way for a creative mind that can lead the way to success for ourselves, our team and organization.
Contents: 6 sessions, 75 minutes each
Topic: After Part I, which introduced Flourishing Mind, Relaxing Mind, Disciplining Mind, Concentration Mind and Timing Mind, in Part II we will learn the theory of Timing Mind part 2, Present Mind, Energizing Mind, Accomplishing Mind, Questioning Mind, and Visualizing Mind. Texts required: Mastering Successful Work by Tarthang Tulku, MasterWork by Arnaud Maitland, and specific suggested reading materials
US$350 - includes all six live webinars, Power-point summaries, audio recording of the each session, and one (1) sixty minute Skype consultation with Pamela Givens, assistant director of center for Skillful Means.
US$500 - includes all of the above and one private consultation with Arnaud Maitland, Director of Center for Skillful Means
Living Without Regret – Part I
Saturdays, 10:30 am, California time, starting February 2nd
with Arnaud Maitland
“Everything is open. We are free to change. Every situation is malleable and can be improved. It is a matter of perception – and action.”
– Arnaud Maitland, Living Without Regret
Great masters encourage us to use our time on earth well, and to be aware that time passes quickly. Every life story provides a platform for attaining higher levels of wisdom, love and happiness, and can be viewed as an invitation to practice living without regrets.
Contents: 4 sessions, 75 minutes each; this course will continue for about half a year.
Topic: Part I will discuss the first four chapters of the book Living without Regret by Arnaud Maitland and Caroline van Tuyll. Students will be invited to reflect on their own life, history and relationships with family, friends and teachings. In the light and language of Tibetan Buddhist teachings we can discover new dimensions and directions in life and take full advantage of the past, present and future.
Introduction to Questioning Mind
Tuesdays, 8:00am California time, starting February 5th
With Pamela Givens
“Activated by questioning, sustained by the willingness to take responsibility, knowledge grows naturally.” – Tarthang Tulku
Asking the right questions awakens access to information we already have about how to make our lives more successful, more joyful, more meaningful. When you connect to what you already know your projects, your work, and your life improve, confidence arises, and your life takes on new vitality.
Content: 4 sessions, 75 minutes each;
Topic: You will learn how to ask questions of yourself and to work with others to use questions to help give clarity to important issues in your work and life. There will be exercises to do in pairs and in writing. We will work with selected chapters from Knowledge of Freedom by Tarthang Tulku.
Fee: US$108; $180 incl. one 60 minute Questioning Mind session with Pamela Givens
Transforming Stress –
Creating Healthy Patterns for Success Part I
Fridays, 9am, California time, starting February 8th
with Teri Beckman
Do you feel like you never have enough time?
Do you ever wake up exhausted in the morning?
Do interactions with others make you irritable or angry?
Do these obstacles keep you from reaching your goals and desired results?
If you can answer yes to any of these, this series may be helpful to you.
Learn ways to work with tension, transform stress, increase awareness and revitalize your self even in difficult circumstances.
Contents: 4 sessions, 75 minutes each;
Topic: We will focus on methods, techniques and tools that can be used to prevent burnout, cultivate and sustain well being and get positive results. The series will be experiential and you will have the opportunity to share and work with others as you develop your skills.
To register or if you have any questions regarding Dharma Publishing Academy,
Note: Upon registering, you will receive additional information regarding the best way to participate. If you are calling from abroad, we suggest using a phone card to call directly. Phone cards are available for a low price and are available in most newsstands.
Dharma Publishing Academy Faculty
Arnaud Maitland, JD, MA in Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology
Arnaud has been a senior student of Tarthang Tulku for over 30 years and author of two books MasterWork – Mastering Time and Living Without Regret: Human Experience in the Light of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently the Director of Dharma Publishing and the Center for Skillful Means.
Teri Beckman, Assistant Director, Center for Skillful Means, North Carolina
Teri has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master's Degree from the University of North Carolina. Teri has been studying and practicing Skillful Means since 1991. She joined the Center for Skillful Means as a consultant in 2005 has worked with dozens of individuals and companies to implement Skillful Means practices to achieve better results at work.
Pamela Givens, Assistant Director, Center for Skillful Means
Pamela has an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and has lived and worked in the UK and Europe. She brings a background in consulting, strategy, and marketing to the Center for Skillful Means with nearly 15 years of experience working for and with companies in high tech, pharmaceutical and non-profit sectors.