Enter the Diamond

A Certificate Program Course

Having previously established the three milestones of renunciation, altruistic resolve, and correct view of emptiness, that characterize the Gradual Path (lam rim), we now enter the Diamond Vehicle or Vajrayana approach of Tibetan Buddhism. Vajrayana is said to be a swift yet perilous method to awakening.  It emphasizes mentor bonding (guru yoga), taking the result of full enlightenment as the basis of the path, and transforming the energy of the passions through the alchemy of one’s own subtle body. 

We are fortunate to draw on the mastery of renown artists Carmen Mensink and Lama Tashi Mannox, Tibetan scholars Geshe Dr. Thupten Jinpa, Dr. Rachel Wooten, and Dr. Susan Landsmen, and seasoned yogis Lama Glenn Mullin, Lama Tsultrim Allione, and Dr. Ian Baker to lead us through an interdisciplinary survey of Tantra. Interspersed amongst these classes Miles will lead sessions of Green Tara visualization, allowing you to integrate all that we learn into practice in order to embody Tara’s loving presence, creativity and compassion.

Enter the Diamond

  • What a mandala is and its purpose in visualization.
  • The symbolic form of Green Tara to assist your visualization.
  • The seed syllable and mantra of Green Tara and how to visualize and recite them.
  • The distinctive features of Tantra and what makes it the “swift path” to awakening.
  • About the 21 emanations of Tara and how they are used for healing and working with different types of external and psychological energies.
  • How to use your imagination to deepen self-love
  • The cultural and historical context that gave rise to Buddhist Tantra and its emphasis on the divine feminine.
  • How Tantra is remarkably well suited to lay practitioners living fast-paced lives in the post-modern age.
  • The Six Yogas of Naropa including Inner Fire (tummo) practice, vase breathing, and other breath-work techniques.
  • About the Vajra or Subtle Body including the channels, hubs (chakras), winds and drops.
  • How the Subtle Body relates to the nervous system and vagus nerve.
  • The Feeding Your Demons method developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione to help integrate your shadow and alchemically transform adverse emotions.
  • About the art, culture, deities, sex, death and secrets of Buddhist Tantra from great artisans, scholars, and yogis of the Tibetan Tantric tradition.
  • A greater sense of clarity and vividness in your visualization practice.

  • A deepening visceral connection with Tara and her loving presence.

  • The power of your own imagination to transform ordinary states into extraordinary traits.

  • How to tap the energy of bliss in your own subtle body.

  • A greater appreciation and sense of awe for the magic, mystery, and metaphysical dimensions of life.

  • Uncontrolled and infectious joy.

Workshop: Creativity

Class 1: Vajrayana

Class 2: 21 Taras

Class 3: Tara’s Origins

Class 4: Swift Path

Class 5: Six Yogas

Class 6: Vajra Body

Class 7:  Chöd

Class 8: Tibetan Yoga

BONUS COURSE: Introduction to Tantra with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Over Twenty Hours of High Quality Video Includes:

Meditation Workshop: CREATIVITY |  4 hours

Course: TANTRA   |  8  x 2.5 hr classes

BONUS COURSE: Introduction to Tantra with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Guided Meditations, Readings & Study Suite 

Beautiful Workbook