The Four Immeasurables

Buddhist teacher Anne Klein writes: "Buddhism teaches that there is no such thing as the self as we think we know it: a separate, bounded self, strictly cordoned off from…


Enlightened Body, Speech and Mind: Making a Home Altar for your Practice

A traditional Buddhist altar holds symbols of enlightened body, speech and mind, represented by displaying a statue or image of Buddha Shakyamuni, a scripture, and a stupa. In this teaching, we'll explore the function and forms of altars, sometimes called 'shrines.' You'll learn how to make one, what to place on an altar (and where) and what traditionally is not placed there. You'll learn traditional ideas about where an altar is best put in a home, and a few basic shrine-keeping tips.

The Buddha’s First Teaching: The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths are common name of the Buddha’s first teaching after enlightenment. When the Indian prince, Siddhartha Gautama, (circa 563-483 BCE) sat under the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya,…


Enlightened Art: Learning to Read a Thangka, Level I

A thangka painting is traditionally a portable scroll painting, painted on cotton or silk, framed in brocade, intended to be used either for personal meditation or in order to instruct…


Intro To Buddhism

Especially designed for those new to Buddhism (and required for students in the Vajra Heart Program) this class will include teaching on the life of Buddha and a quick survey…


When Bad News Is Good News: Nurturing The Heart Of Fearlessness

Great Vow Zen Monastery 79640 Quincy Mayger Road, Clatskanie, OR

The mind states of fear, anger, and negativity are pervasive in difficult times. In this retreat, following the practice-heart of Machig Labdron, the great female yogini of Tibet, we’ll learn a handful of precise and memorable instructions for fearlessness in the worst of times.
This weekend retreat will be held in the delightful natural environment of Great Vow Zen monastery, in Clatskanie, Oregon, or join us by Zoom.

Intro To Tibetan Buddhism

This course continues our look at the development of the Tibetan tradition, examining how Buddhism initially rooted in India eventually migrated to Tibet and elsewhere. We’ll look at the development…


Learning to Give it All – Making the 8 Auspicious Offerings

Learn to make the most basic of altar offerings in a short practice ritual that increases generosity, discipline and good fortune. Anyone can do this beautiful practice. It's especially good for those who can't meditate, and for children. With this knowledge and skill, you can begin to learn to be an altar keeper at Dekeling.


Tonglen 2-hour Practice Retreat

Tonglen is one of the "mind training" or "heart training" techniques from Tibetan Buddhism that reverse your ordinary habit of selectively seeking happiness and pleasure for yourself and those close…

Free – $20.00

The Structure of a Sadhana

A sadhana is a liturgical text that forms the basis of many of the daily practices done in Tibetan Buddhism. The sadhana is a kind of ritualized mediation, practiced in…

Free – $15.00
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