DB1: Mind and Its Potential

Thursdays, Jan 23 - Feb 20, 2014

Discovering Buddhism is back!

2014 welcomes Venerable Drimay as our new Discovering Buddhism teacher. She has over ten years’ experience teaching these courses at our Silicon Valley center.

About this Course:

The first course in this introductory series – Mind and Its Potential – is one of the most popular courses, giving a description of the nature of consciousness, according to Buddhism.

Writing about the Mahamudra method of meditating on the nature of mind, the first Panchen Lama said,

From cultivating such methods as these, you realize that, since the essential nature of the totally absorbed mind is a lucidity and clarity, unobstructed by anything, and not established as any form of physical phenomenon, it is, like space, an utter bareness that allows anything to dawn and be vivid.

The First Panchen Lama, Lozang-chokyi-gyeltsen in
“A Root Text for the Precious Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra,”
trans. Alexander Berzin

Course Description:

Buddhist study and meditation are grounded in an understanding of consciousness, its nature and function. To realize our spiritual potential fully, we must understand our own mind and the methods we can use to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes that bring harm to ourselves and others. During this course we will consider the Tibetan Buddhist perspective on consciousness through talks, meditation and discussion. Suitable for both beginners and experienced students.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • The nature of mind – as a knower
  • Buddha-nature – our potential for enlightenment
  • Mind as a continuity – spanning past and future lives
  • The distinction between mind and brain
  • Mind as the source of our experiences – happiness and suffering


The way Venerable Drimay leads these classes, there will be some short meditations throughout the evening and a break about half-way through.

There will be reading homework. The reading assignments will be provided to you, free of charge, in digital form, i.e., as a PDF which you can either read on your tablet or computer or print out. Get the password for the DB Homework Page in class.

DB Homework Page

Each module includes an experiential element in the form of a Saturday practice day or a weekend retreat. This is required in order to get your completion certificate for the course.

Mark your calendar: The practice day for DB1: Mind and Its Potential will be on Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10:30am to 4:30pm, at Land of Medicine Buddha.

See more about the whole Discovering Buddhism program at Land of Medicine Buddha, here.

Benefits of Membership

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Date(s): Thursdays, Jan 23 - Feb 20, 2014
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Drimay
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 5 + practice day
Level: Introductory
Participation: Begin with the first class of this course.
Location: Main Gompa
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