Light of Liberation: Great Love, Shining


What if your body, language, and mind could shine with liberating Great Love? 

This course explores freeing yourself from shadows into joy and wisdom through Tarthang Rinpoche’s Gesture of Great Love. 

Mastery – Level 200 Course – Prerequisite: Level 100 Course completed 


Dates and Times

Term 1: Thursdays, September 14th-October 19th, 10:00-11:30 AM PST

Term 2: Thursdays, November 2nd-December 14th, 10:00-11:30 AM PST

Term 3: Thursdays, January 11nd-February 22th, 10:00-11:30 AM PST

Term 4: Thursdays, March 7nd-April 18th, 10:00-11:30 AM PST

Term 5: Thursdays, May 2nd-June 13th, 10:00-11:30 AM PST



Our human vehicles of body, language and mind have the ability to shine like the sun, freeing us from shadows and lighting our way to meaning, joy, and wisdom. In this second-level course based on Tarthang Rinpoche’s seminal book, Gesture of Great Love, we’ll  turn more deeply within, explore the nature of self and world, and experience the liberating power of the Great Love that can be expressed right here, right now, in this instant.



Classes meet online for six weeks, for 90 minutes a week, for five terms. Classes are recorded and you will have access to the recordings, for six months. Each week, there will be opportunity for close examination of the book, experiential practices, and class discussion. An online community portal, and a free, additional half-hour practice session most weeks will provide the optional ability to practice with your fellow students.


Weekly Topics

Term 1

Week 1: A Path of Great Love

Week 2: Time, Understanding, and Inquiry

Week 3: Our Situation Now

Week 4: Joy is Essential

Week 5: Opening the Heart, Awakening the Senses

Week 6: Living Under Mind’s Regime

Week 7: Review

Term 2 

Week 1: Thoughts, Like Birds

Week 2: Projections of Self

Week 3: Traveling Deeper Within

Week 4: Language and Silence 

Week 5: Is/Is Not

Week 6: Knower and Known

Week 7: Review

Term 3

Week 1: Establishing Identity

Week 2: The Limits of Memory

Week 3: Observing Inner Experience

Week 4: Seeing with Wise Eyes

Week 5: A Deeply Interesting Journey

Week 6: Mind Magic

Week 7: Review

Term 4 

Week 1: Language is Not the Enemy

Week 2: How the Regime Loses its Hold

Week 3: Offering Hugs and Kisses

Week 4: Cognitive Light 

Week 5: Time and Change 

Week 6: The Temporal Dynamic

Week 7: Review

Term 5

Week 1: Regime-Time

Week 2: Not Knowing

Week 3: Presence

Week 4: A World Without Limits

Week 5: Unity-Wisdom 

Week 6: Connecting to the Heart of Being 

Week 7: Review


Readings from 

Gesture of Great Love, supplemented by readings from the ‘Lotus Trilogy ‘and other books in the Understanding Self and Mind series by Tarthang Talk


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