Restricted Dzogchen Teachings, Part 1: The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers

Receive detailed oral commentaries from renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace on one of the five classic Dzogchen treatises by Düdjom Lingpa: The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers.

This is a restricted course. Please see below for more information on how to apply.

This is the first course in the Restricted Dzogchen Teachings series. You can enroll in Parts 1 and 2 together for $199 and save $99! See below to find out how.

About this Course

Receive detailed oral commentaries from renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace on one of the five classic Dzogchen treatises by Düdjom Lingpa: The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers. With teachings covering the preliminary practices, shamatha, vipashyana, and the practice of cutting through to the original purity of pristine awareness, it is said that for very gifted practitioners, these meditations are sufficient for achieving rainbow body.

These teachings are based on Alan Wallace’s eight-week retreat in Italy at the Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in April and May 2017.

Wisdom Academy has created two courses from this retreat: Restricted Dzogchen Teachings, Part 1: The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers and Restricted Dzogchen Teachings, Part 2: Buddhahood Without Meditation.

All ten lessons of this course, Part 1: The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers, are available now to qualified students.

Part 2: Buddhahood Without Meditation is also available to qualified students, including 10 lessons released weekly from September 11 through November 13, 2017.

Enrolled students will have unlimited online access to the course content and can take the course at their own pace.

Eligibility for the Course

This course is restricted to students who have a solid foundation in the Dharma and a strong commitment to the Buddhist path. Alan Wallace has chosen to limit access to these teachings on Dzogchen due to the possibility of students misunderstanding the subject without having the appropriate background.

There are two ways that students can be eligible to take this course.

  • Students who have received a certificate of completion for both the Wisdom Academy courses Introduction to Dzogchen and Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living are pre-qualified. You can log into your Wisdom Academy account and click enroll below.
  • All others can fill out this form to apply for the course. Applications will be reviewed by Wisdom Academy and the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. Upon approval, Wisdom Academy will email you with next steps on how to enroll.

How to Enroll

If you are pre-qualified, or if you have submitted your application and been accepted, you have multiple options for enrollment in the Restricted Dzogchen Teachings. (Please note that you will not be able to access the enrollment pages linked below if you are not qualified. If you are pre-qualified or approved and can’t access the enrollment pages, make sure you are logged in to your Wisdom Academy account.)

You can enroll in just Part 1: The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers for $149. Click here to enroll in Part 1 only.

You can also take advantage of our special offer and enroll in both Parts 1 and 2 of the Restricted Dzogchen Teachings for $199, saving $99. Click here enroll in both courses.

Please note that it is not possible to take Part 2: Buddhahood Without Meditation as a standalone course. In order to enroll in Part 2, you must have taken Part 1.

If you enroll in the special offer for Part 1 and Part 2 together, you’ll be able to access Part 2 when it starts on September 11, 2017.

If you enroll in just Part 1 for now, you’ll be able to enroll in Part 2 for $149 when it is available in September.

Lessons

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Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Practices and Context of Dzogchen

In this lesson, Alan Wallace introduces us to Düdjom Lingpa and the root text for this course: The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers. He explains the context for these teachings being restricted, notes the importance of settling body, speech, and mind in their natural states, and jumps into his commentary on the common preliminary practices.

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Lesson 2: The Three Thoughts that Turn the Mind

Alan Wallace takes us deeper into Dzogchen by discussing the common preliminaries—called by Düdjom Lingpa the three thoughts that turn the mind—as well the various shamatha methods and guru yoga.

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Lesson 3: The Uncommon Preliminaries

Alan Wallace guides us through the uncommon preliminary practices and discusses the practice of taking the mind as the path.

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Lesson 4: Ways of Knowing the Nature of the Mind

Alan Wallace explores how we can understand of the nature of the mind and come to enter the authentic path.

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Lesson 5: The Primacy of the Mind

In this lesson Alan Wallace covers the three turnings of the wheel and Düdjom Lingpa’s visions of Padmasambhava, and points our attention to the primacy of the mind.

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Lesson 6: Pristine Awareness and Nonmeditation

Alan Wallace further explores the nature of pristine awareness and introduces the Dzogchen practice of nonmeditation.

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Lesson 7: Dorjé Drolö’s Song of Pith Instruction

In this lesson, Alan Wallace guides us through the chanted song of pith instructions Düdjom Lingpa receives from an emanation of Padmasambhava, and also brings our practice back to the fundamentals of loving-kindness and variations of mindfulness of breathing.

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Lesson 8: Investigating the Nature of Appearances

Alan Wallace discusses Düdjom Lingpa’s teachings on the nature of appearances and awareness, and continues supplemental teachings on expanding our capacity for loving-kindness.

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Lesson 9: Collapsing the False Cave of Appearances

Alan Wallace guides us through Düdjom Lingpa’s teachings on the nature of appearances and awareness, and he also leads us in meditation on second of the four immeasurables, compassion.

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Lesson 10: Düdjom Lingpa's Experience of the Path and Fruition

In this final lesson, Alan Wallace guides us through the conclusion of The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers in which Düdjom Lingpa encapsulates his experience of the path and fruition.

About the Teacher

B. Alan Wallace
Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, PhD, continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted 14 years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. He later studied Dzogchen with Gyatrul Rinpoche, a senior teacher in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. With his unique background, Dr. Wallace brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world. He is the author and translator of several books, including Düdjom Lingpa’s Visions of the Great Perfection (which provided the root text for this course), Stilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings From Dudjom Linpa’s Vajra EssenceTibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up, Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava’s Teachings on the Six Bardos, and The Attention Revolution.

Course Materials