Restricted Dzogchen Teachings, Part 2: Buddhahood Without Meditation

Receive detailed oral commentaries from renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace on one of the five classic Dzogchen treatises by Düdjom Lingpa: Buddhahood Without Meditation.

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

This is the second course in the Restricted Dzogchen Teachings series, and the first course is a required prerequisite. You can enroll now 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: Buddhahood Without Meditation. This is one of the most well-known of his texts and it provides a medley of visionary teachings Düdjom Lingpa received from figures ranging from Longchenpa to Avalokiteshvara. Topics covered in this course include practices such as vipashyana—taught in greater depth and detail—and trekchö, cutting through to the original purity of pristine awareness.

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.

Part 1: The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers is available now to qualified students.

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.

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.

Restricted Dzogchen Teachings Part 1 is a prerequisite for Part 2. See below for enrollment information.

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.

If you enroll in just Part 1 for now, you can, if you choose, enroll in Part 2 for $149 after you have finished Part 1 and received a certificate of completion.



Lesson 1: An Introduction to Buddhahood Without Meditation

In this lesson, Alan Wallace introduces us to the text Buddhahood Without Meditation and dives in to exploring the identitylessness of persons.


Lesson 2: The Heart of the Path: Discerning Emptiness, and Approaching Great Compassion

In this lesson, Alan Wallace offers commentary on the root text for the course Buddhahood Without Meditation, to explore foundational themes of emptiness, and great compassion.


Lesson 3: Appearances, the View, and the Four Greats in Dzogchen

In this lesson, Alan Wallace continues his elucidation of the four greats, and offers commentary on the root text for the course, Buddhahood Without Meditation, to help us discern the role of appearances on the path.


Lesson 4: Realizing All Appearances as Space Itself

Alan Wallace guides us through the teachings of Düdul Dorjé and Longchenpa, exploring the nature of appearances and the self.


Lesson 5: The Pure Vision of Longchenpa

Alan Wallace continues his commentary on the extraordinary pure vision teachings of Longchenpa and offers pith instructions from the Lake-Born Vajra on bringing the impure mind onto the path.


Lesson 6: Approaching the One Taste of Samsara and Nirvana

In this lesson, Alan Wallace guides us through the visionary instructions of Saraha, Vajrapani, and Dorjé Drolö from the root text. Here, we encounter the utter profundity of the view from Dzogchen, the one taste of samsara and nirvana. Alan shares instruction and commentary on Lerab Lingpa’s “settling the mind in it’s natural state,” as well as the pith instructions of the contemporary vidyadhara Kyabje Yangthang Rinpoche.


Lesson 7: Quantum Physics and Vajradhara’s Cosmogony

In this lesson, Alan Wallace weaves together teachings on the 21st century’s understanding of the universe as understood by quantum physics, Tsongkhapa’s three criteria for establishing conventional existence, and Vajradhara’s awakened view of how the world comes into existence.


Lesson 8: From Macrocosm to Microcosm: The Root of Samsara and the Nine Stages of Shamatha

In this lesson, Alan Wallace guides us through the second to fourth stages of shamatha practice. He continues his commentary on the root text to discuss the fundamental underpinnings of samsara from a Dzogchen perspective and to guide us through the teachings offered by Vajradhara, Humchenkara, and Manjushri to Düdjom Lingpa. Throughout this lesson Alan shares insights from Sera Khandro’s commentary on the root text to illuminate the discussion, which is included as a supplementary reading for reference.


Lesson 9: Approaching the Summit: Accomplishing the Nine Stages, the Vajra Vehicle, and the Clear Light of Death

In this lesson, Alan Wallace guides us from the fourth through the ninth stages of shamatha practice and also offers commentary on the teachings that Manjushri, the Lake-Born Vajra, and Ekajati gave to Düdjom Lingpa. Here, we are presented with Düdjom Lingpa’s profound understanding of the rich and diverse elements of the Vajrayana and how practices explored throughout the course might serve us at the time of death.


Lesson 10: Fulfilling the Path to Freedom: Accomplishing Shamatha, the Three Yanas, and Amitabha’s Pure Land

In this final lesson of the course, Alan Wallace guides us through the completion of the root text on the visionary instructions of Sri Simha and Zurchung Sherap Drakpa to Düdjom Lingpa. Alan’s commentary covers the scope of the nine yanas, how secrecy is understood in Dzogchen, and how the aspiration to be reborn in Sukhavati can serve us at the time of death. In addition, Alan offers pith instructions and insights that will help us integrate this rich and extensive commentary on the root text into practice.

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.