Past Programs


Opening Unknown Time:
October 28 – December 9, 2012

Online Course in the TSK Vision

Instructor: Jack Petranker

The theme for this year’s online program is time. We will once again work with Dynamics of Time and Space.

Whatever counts as real in the prevailing temporal order was at one time unknown. Through some process, also unknown, there has been an arising into experience. Can we discover the unknown foundation for this arising, for the appearing of what we now rely on as real?

link to class page

The Self in Question
October 24 and 28, 2012

Science and Nonduality Conference
in San Rafael, CA

Instructor: Jack Petranker

October 24: An afternoon TSK Workshop at the Science and Nonduality Conference in San Rafael, CA.

Everyone has a self—at least, so we think. But what would happen if we could call that belief into question—not just in theory, but as an ongoing practice we can work with every day of our lives?

October 28: A morning TSK talk at the Science and Nonduality Conference in San Rafael, CA.

link to Science and Non-Duality workshop page

Speaking From your Heart
April 12th-15th
at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center
Speaking From Your Heart – a transformative retreat with legendary playwright and long-time Buddhist practitioner Jean-Claude van Itallie, founder of Shantigar Foundation for meditation, theater, and healing. (

Laying the groundwork through different kinds of movement and meditation, gently guided by Jean-Claude, you’ll center yourself according to his unique disciplines.

Quantum Seeing:
Photography, Meditation, and Dissolving Boundaries

Feb 18th, 25th
Saturdays, 1-5pm


Instructor: Richard Miller, M.F.A.

What does getting along better with your boss (or your partner or your parents) have to do with photography? How can meditation make you a more creative photographer?

Join Richard Miller as he opens up creative and personal possibilities through meditative inquiry using a camera. In this workshop you will investigate the boundaries of objects in time and space, discovering details and dissolving habitual perceptions. As the work progresses, Time presents opportunities for creativity – your task is to be present and aware in order to capture them. Engage in expansive inquiry in this eye-opening workshop.

link to workshop page – video, sample exercises and more information

Inquiry American Style
March 1, 8, 15
Thursdays; 7–9pm
, $75
three – two hour sessions

instructor: Ken McKeon

register and/or pay for program

Like curdled milk, America is clotted up. Political life is frozen, broken. Sloganeering dominates our discourse. Smug and self-righteous, we feed on forced smiles and balloon on fast food. Our problems persist. Our dissatisfactions persist.

This course looks at two American giants, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, as guides on the path to open and creative inquiry.

link to workshop page – video and more information

Becoming Magic:
Words to Walk the Path

March 3rd
Saturday, 10am –4pm,
one-day workshop:

Instructor: Lois Silverstein, Ph.D.

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Words lead to knowing
Knowing leads to insight
Insight leads to understanding and
The possibility of finding
A path to liberation

Writing is a way to climb from darkness to light, from light into light. Write together, write alone, in a daylong exploration of the lights of writing as it begins to illuminate your path..

link to workshop page – video, sample exercises and more information

The Body Knows:
Writing to Deepen Inquiry

October 4 – November 8, 2011
Six sessions, Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm

Instructor: Abbe Blum, PhD

Writing and inquiry grounded in the body let us begin to question our usual ways of occupying space and partitioning meaning. Through writing exercises, simple meditations, and whole body-based inquiry, we will examine embodied habit patterns that fuel our most powerful personal and collective narratives. Shining the light on stories that enforce the division of inner and outer brings creativity, new information and greater understanding. Among the texts assigned will be David Brooks’ The Social Animal.
Why ‘Nothing’ Matters: Online course
in the Time-Space-Knowledge vision

October 9 – November 13
Six weeks, Sunday, 9 AM
+ December Practice Day

Instructor: Jack Petranker

Whatever happens in our experience unfolds within the matrix of space. Space itself cannot be named; it is the great ‘nothing’ that allows appearance to be. Yet if we touch that ‘nothing’, we discover the ground of being. Here the field of possibility opens, and limits and conditioning give way to perfect freedom.

This online program, broadcast live on the web and with opportunities for online dialog and discussion, continues the popular series exploring Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space, and Knowledge Vision, a radical reimagining of what it means to be alive. This year the program will feature a shared practice day in December: participants will all devote a day to practice, then meet online to compare experiences and insights. Readings and exercises this year will come from Tarthang Tulku’s Dynamics of Time and Space (Dharma Publishing, 1994) For a reading list, click here.

Radical First-Person:
Learning about Consciousness
by Being Conscious Differently

October 12 – November 2
4 sessions, Wednesdays, 7 – 9pm

Instructor: Jack Petranker

This 4-week course is a hands-on inquiry into consciousness. We will use innovative methods for experience-sampling and for re-inhabiting our experience. How can we be actively aware as we go about our lives? How can we challenge what we think we know about the way our minds work, looking from the inside out?

Jack Petrankeris Founder and Director of the Center for Creative Inquiry and the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? (Dharma Publishing 2006). He has a long-standing interesting in Consciousness Studies, and for the past six years as organized the annual CCI Conference on First-Person Methodologies in Consciousness Studies, the leading such program in the field.

Who Is I?
– A Panel Discussion

June 11, 2011; 7 – 9:30pm
Many Western thinkers have questioned the reality of the self. Contemporary neuroscience often agrees, viewing the self as a fiction. The Buddhist tradition sees the self as the source of all suffering. Yet . . . Don’t we need a self to act? Who is happy? Who is sad? Who finds meaning, and who craves it? Come explore these fundamental questions with a distinguished panel of international scholars. more information(,pdf -240k)

view Part 1: Mathew McKenzie
view Part 2: Claire Petitmengin
view Part 3: Susan Stuart
view Part 4: Jack Petranker and Q & A

Therapeutic Applications of
Time-Space-Knowledge Vision
June 26 to 29, 2010
at Ratna Ling Retreat Center
– Cazadero, CA
A program for therapists familiar with TSK who would like to share ideas and practices that can reshape conventional therapeutic practice in beneficial ways
Presence, Intimacy, and Radical Freedom:
TSK Inquiry and a Zen Approach to Questioning the Mind

April 15 to 18, 2010
at Ratna Ling Retreat Center
– Cazadero, CA
This workshop is about conducting presence and embodying intimacy. Taught by three highly experienced teachers from different traditions of knowledge, it will use inquiry, improvisational encounters, and creative dialogue to go beyond what we all already know. The emphasis will be on activating a dynamic aliveness–available right now–that carries over into every moment of our lives.
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